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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 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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  • Folio Society Limited Edition
    Alice's Adventures Underground by CARROLL, Lewis
    CARROLL, Lewis
    Alice's Adventures Underground

    London: The Folio Society, 2008. First Folio Society edition (hardback). A limited run of 3750 numbered copies, of which this is copy number 1179.
    Beautifully bound in full blue goatskin leather, with gilt titling and decoration to the front board, all edges gilt 90 pp.
    The book is in the original blue box, with gilt decorations, and accompanied by a booklet entitled "The Original Alice" by Sally Brown 32 pp. A delightfully attractive reproduction of the original manuscript from the first version of this classic tale.

    Condition: The book, accompanying booklet and box are all in mint condition.

    Book ID: 2190
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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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  • Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes by POTTER, Beatrix.
    POTTER, Beatrix.
    Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes

    Edition: First Edition

    London: F. Warne & Co, 1917. 1st or 2nd issue (identified by the end papers - Linder states that there is no way to distinguish between the first and second printings). Original green / grey paper covered boards with mouse illustration to the front board. Brown titles. 46 pp.

    Condition: The spine has been repaired neatly, and shows only light signs of handling. There is a touch of staining to the spine edge, particularly to the rear panel, but overall a clean and tidy copy. Internally sound throughout, with just fractional darkening. No inscriptions.

    Book ID: 1496
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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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  • 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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  • First English edition
    Dirty Story. by AMBLER, Eric
    AMBLER, Eric
    Dirty Story. A further account of the life and adventures of Arthur Abdel Simpson.

    London: The Bodley Head, 1967. Publisher's brown boards. In an unclipped dust jacket. 210 pages. 205 x 140 mm (8 x 5½ inches). A synopsis taken from the author's website:
    Arthur Simpson is middle-aged, stateless and desperately in need of a new passport....
    Jumping from one illicit job to another, Arthur soon finds himself in trouble when the whistle's blown and he needs to lie low for a while. Fleeing to Central Africa to save his skin, Arthur Simpson convinces his new employers that he is an accomplished soldier of fortune. But his shady assignment on the border of a North African country soon turns out to be more than he bargained for when he finds himself up against…

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    London: The Bodley Head, 1967. Publisher's brown boards. In an unclipped dust jacket. 210 pages. 205 x 140 mm (8 x 5½ inches). A synopsis taken from the author's website:
    Arthur Simpson is middle-aged, stateless and desperately in need of a new passport....
    Jumping from one illicit job to another, Arthur soon finds himself in trouble when the whistle's blown and he needs to lie low for a while. Fleeing to Central Africa to save his skin, Arthur Simpson convinces his new employers that he is an accomplished soldier of fortune. But his shady assignment on the border of a North African country soon turns out to be more than he bargained for when he finds himself up against a multinational corporation willing to do anything for a piece of the land Arthur finds himself on.

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    Condition: Dust jacket has a few very small nicks. Internally the book is in an excellent condition.

    Book ID: 2555
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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 of this French novel 'Smokers of Opium.' 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).

    Book ID: 2130
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  • Histoire D'O by REAGE, Pauline.
    REAGE, Pauline.
    Histoire D'O Avec une Preface de Jean Paulhan

    Sceaux: Ches Jean Jacques Pauvert, 1954. 1/550 copies printed from this, the 4th Impression. Original yellow soft covers. Clean and tidy, with a small split to the base of the spine only. Internally clean and tidy, in a slightly shaken binding.
    250 pages.
    185 by 120mm (7¼ by 4¾ inches).

    Book ID: 2131
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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. 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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  • 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. 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. A scarce work, scarcer in dust wrapper. The author's first novel. 376, iv pages. 190 by 130mm (7½ by 5 inches).

    Condition: 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.

    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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  • 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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  • Sacred Families. Three Novellas by DONOSO, José
    DONOSO, José
    Sacred Families. Three Novellas Translated from the Spanish by Andree Conrad

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977. First edition. 206 pp. First U.S. issue of the three short novels originally published in Spain in 1973. Translated by Andre Conrad. (210 x 150 mm (8¼ x 6 inches). Originally published as a single volume, under the title "Tres Novelitas Burguesas".

    Condition: Very good in a very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 2057
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  • Seventeen Reasons: An Essay of Contingent Acts by FRASER, Carolyn
    FRASER, Carolyn
    Seventeen Reasons: An Essay of Contingent Acts Or, Short Theoretical Stories

    Oberlin, Ohio: Idlewild Press, 1999. From a numbered and signed edition of only 35. Letterpress, with colour photographic transfers. In red cloth over boards, gilt-stamped; English mould made Somerset book paperstock with endpapers of zerkall nideggen sand. 40 pp. 270 by 155 mm (10¾ by 6 inches). This book was designed, printed and bound during Fraser's apprenticeship at Yolla Bolly Press in Covelo, California. Carolyn is now one of the curators at Victoria State Library in Australia.

    Condition: There is a light water stain to the rear panel, not very noticeable, otherwise the red boards are clean and tidy. Crinkling to the front and rear paste-down, with a little staining to the front paste-down. Would appear to have been stored in a damp environment. Text block is in excellent, clean condition.

    Book ID: 2505
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