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  • Signed First Edition
    Shadowheart by BARCLAY, James
    BARCLAY, James
    Shadowheart

    London: Gollancz, 2003. Very nice copy of this first edition, signed and dated) by the author to the title page. Spotless cloth. Clean and tidy dust wrapper, now held in archival protection. 240 by 160mm (9½ by 6¼ inches). 421 pages

    Book ID: 2356
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  • Sous La Colline by BEARDSLEY, Aubrey
    BEARDSLEY, Aubrey
    Sous La Colline

    Paris: H. Floury, 1908. First edition. One of a thousand copies (not numbered) on Velin paper. Grey boards with minimalist titles to the spine and front board. There is a little rubbing to the edge of the spine. Front board is a little bowed. Contains 2 portraits, 11 plates by Beardsley and 2 cul de lamp. Internally a very nice clean copy. 129 pages. Plates have glassine guards. The spine is darker than the boards and has possibly been neatly re-laid. 26cm x 20cm.

    Book ID: 2919
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  • Tales of Mean Streets. Lizerunt, Squire Napper, Without Visible Means, Three Rounds, and Others. by MORRISON, Arthur
    MORRISON, Arthur
    Tales of Mean Streets. Lizerunt, Squire Napper, Without Visible Means, Three Rounds, and Others.

    London: Methuen & Co, 1895. Second edition. 301 pages followed by 32 pages of publisher's advertisements dated January 1895. From the library of the author Maarten Maartens. He has written his real name inside on the FFEP. Boards are bumped and rubbed, and there is sun fading to the spine. Page edges are spotted, but inside not so much. 190 x 135 mm (7½ x 5¼ inches).

    Book ID: 2858
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  • Signed by the author of 'Another Country'.
    The American Express by CORSO, Gregory
    CORSO, Gregory
    The American Express No. 85 in The Traveller's Companion Series.

    Paris: The Olympia Press, 1961. Green paperback. Has green decorative border on title page. Previously owned by Julian Mitchell, the British playwright, screenwriter and occasional novelist. Best known for his play 'Another Country'. B/w illustrations by the author are also in text. 241 pages. 175 x 110 mm (7 x 4¼ inches).

    Condition: Very small closed tear to title page. Previous owner's signature to front (as detailed). Also some handwritten poetry to the back blank end paper. Possibly also in Julian Mitchell's hand? Overall a very good copy, with added interest!

    Book ID: 2713
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  • The Atrocity Exhibition. New Revised Edition. by BALLARD, J.G.
    BALLARD, J.G.
    The Atrocity Exhibition. New Revised Edition. Annotations & Commentary by the Author - Never before in Print. Four Additional Stories. Illustrations & Photos.

    San Francisco: Re/Search Publications, 1990. First thus. Large paperback. Colour illustrated covers. Front cover and all illustrations by Phoebe Gloeckner; back cover and all photographs by Ana Barrado. Preface by William S. Burroughs. Editors V. Vale and Andrea Juno. 127 pages + catalogue. 280 x 215 mm (11 x 8½ inches). RE/Search Publications is an American magazine and book publisher, based in San Francisco. It was founded by its editor V. Vale in 1980. In several issues, Andrea Juno was also credited as an editor.

    Condition: Book appears almost unread, but there are signs of handling to outer corners, but the book is free from notes or marks. A good copy.

    Book ID: 2854
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  • The Bell by MURDOCH, Iris.
    MURDOCH, Iris.
    The Bell

    Edition: First Edition

    London: Chatto & Windus / Book society, 1958. First edition, original wrappers, original green cloth. This was Murdoch's fourth novel. It is set in Imber Court, an eccentric lay Religious community in Gloucestershire. 320 pp.

    Condition: The wrapper (now protected in a removable archival cover) has a little nicking to the top and bottom edge of the spine. There are a couple of small closed tears also. Slight darkening / marking to the wrapper only. Not clipped, with the original 15s net. price. The cloth is clean and tidy, without marks. The book itself is clean and tidy throughout, with a touch of darkening to the end papers only.

    Book ID: 1420
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  • The Buried Giant by ISHIGURO, Kazuo
    ISHIGURO, Kazuo
    The Buried Giant

    London: Faber & Faber Ltd, 2015. First Edition, first printing. Hardback. Signed in black ink on the title page by Kazuo Ishiguro. Publisher's original grey boards with gilt stamped title to spine and dark green endpapers. In original dust jacket. 240 x 160 mm (9½ x 6¼ inches). Kazuo Ishiguro is also the author of the book Remains of the Day.

    Condition: Both the book and unclipped dust jacket are in a very good condition; now in removable protective archival covering. Publishers number sequence 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1 confirms that this is a first printing.

    Book ID: 2877
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  • Signed First Edition
    The Conjuror's Bird by DAVIES, Martin
    DAVIES, Martin
    The Conjuror's Bird

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2005. Very nice copy of this first edition, signed and dated) by the author to the title page. Spotless cloth. Clean and tidy dust wrapper, now held in archival protection. 230 by 140mm (9 by 5½ inches). 309 pages.

    Book ID: 2355
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  • The Death of Satan. by DUNCAN, Ronald
    DUNCAN, Ronald
    The Death of Satan.

    London: Faber and Faber Ltd, 1955. UK first edition, first impression. Hardback in unclipped dust jacket. 110 [1] pages. 225 x 145 mm (8¾ x 5¾ inches).

    Condition: The dust jacket is still bright, but has some very light signs of handling. Some small areas of loss. Head of the spine in particular. Inside the book is crisp and spotless, except for the following: over what was once the details of how to inquire about performance rights of the the play, there is a label reading Eric Glass Ltd.

    Book ID: 2714
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  • The Diary of a Nobody by GROSSMITH, George & Weedon
    GROSSMITH, George & Weedon
    The Diary of a Nobody With illustrations by Weedon Grossmith

    Bristol: J. W. Arrowsmith, 1892. First edition in book-form, first impression, first issue with the terminal leaves used as pastedowns and no blank leaf at the front. The Diary of a Nobody, one of the great achievements of Victorian comic fiction, was first serialized in Punch from 1888 to 1889, before being published in the present book-form in 1892 with new material and added illustrations. Original cloth, with decorations and titles. Very slight rubbing only. A touch of handling and bumping to the head and tail of the spine. Inside this is a clean and tidy copy. A little foxing to the end papers only. One gather (ends p 158) is rather loose, but still holding. Vol. XI in…

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    Bristol: J. W. Arrowsmith, 1892. First edition in book-form, first impression, first issue with the terminal leaves used as pastedowns and no blank leaf at the front. The Diary of a Nobody, one of the great achievements of Victorian comic fiction, was first serialized in Punch from 1888 to 1889, before being published in the present book-form in 1892 with new material and added illustrations. Original cloth, with decorations and titles. Very slight rubbing only. A touch of handling and bumping to the head and tail of the spine. Inside this is a clean and tidy copy. A little foxing to the end papers only. One gather (ends p 158) is rather loose, but still holding. Vol. XI in Arrowsmith's 3/6 series and the list on final leaf finishes with Vol. X, Fergus Hume's When I Lived in Bohemia. viii,[5],14-300,[2]. pp. 190 by 130mm (7½ by 5 inches).

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    Book ID: 2450
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  • Limited Edition Poems published by Cuala Press-
    The Green Helmet, and Other Poems by YEATS, William Butler
    YEATS, William Butler
    The Green Helmet, and Other Poems

    Edition: First Edition

    Churchtown, Dundrum: The Cuala Press, 1910. Limited to only 400 copies. Bound in original publishers grey paper covered boards, cloth backed, re-cased at some early stage preserving most of original back-strip - this is rather darkened and has a little loss to the head and tail. An ex-library copy with the usual labels to endpapers, perforated stamp and ink stamp to face of title, further perforated stamps to pp.15 and pp. 25. Errata slip not present in this copy. Collation:[8], 32, [2]pp. Errata slip not present. The publisher's statement is printed in capitals in Red to the last page of the book. This states "Here end the Green Helmet and Other Poems by William Butler Yeats. Printed and Published…

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    Churchtown, Dundrum: The Cuala Press, 1910. Limited to only 400 copies. Bound in original publishers grey paper covered boards, cloth backed, re-cased at some early stage preserving most of original back-strip - this is rather darkened and has a little loss to the head and tail. An ex-library copy with the usual labels to endpapers, perforated stamp and ink stamp to face of title, further perforated stamps to pp.15 and pp. 25. Errata slip not present in this copy. Collation:[8], 32, [2]pp. Errata slip not present. The publisher's statement is printed in capitals in Red to the last page of the book. This states "Here end the Green Helmet and Other Poems by William Butler Yeats. Printed and Published by Elizabeth Corbet Yeats at the Cuala Press, Churchtown, Dundrum, in the County of Dublin, Ireland. Finished on the Last Day of September, in the Year Nineteen Hundred and Ten." Title- page woodcut pressmark "Lady Emer and tree" by Elinor Monsell. This is the original Irish First / Limited edition by one of Ireland's finest poets.

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    Condition: 15cm by 21.5cm. The binding is holding firmly, the original backstrip darkened and with title details and library code in manuscript, some general browning/fingermarking, edges a little rubbed and corners bumped. Textblock holding firmly, contents generally in good condition, a little toned and with some occasional minor spots, creases or marks from handling. There is a closed tear to page 27 / 28 to the top edge. No loss of paper. Library markings as noted above, with residue of various labels to the lower endpapers. Original grey endpapers.

    Book ID: 1052
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  • The Invasion of 1910: with a full account of the Siege of London. by LE QUEUX, William
    LE QUEUX, William
    The Invasion of 1910: with a full account of the Siege of London.

    London: Eveleigh Nash, 1906. First edition. Original red cloth with gilt titles and blind embossed Prussian eagle to the front boards. Bookplate for W.H. Smith Library to the front paste down.
    xiv. 550. pp.
    200 by 130mm (7¾ by 5 inches).

    Condition: The boards have spotting / areas of paleness, and a touch of bumping, but still in good shape. Slight weakness / cracking to the front hinge. Owner's signature to the title page. Foxing / darkening to the initial pages. Overall in very nice condition.

    Book ID: 2113
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  • The Kickleburys on the Rhine [and] Rebecca and Rowena, A Romance upon Marriage. by TITMARSH, M.A. [Thackeray]
    TITMARSH, M.A. [Thackeray]
    The Kickleburys on the Rhine [and] Rebecca and Rowena, A Romance upon Marriage.

    London: Smith, Elder / Chapman & Hall, 1850. Two First editions, bound together in a contemporary full leather binding. All edges gilt. Both by Titmarsh, a pseudonym for Thackeray. The 15 full page illustrations to the Kicklebury's are unsigned, the 8 plates in Rebecca & Rowena are attributed to Richard Doyle. These were two of the 'Christmas books' written by Thackeray. 88, viii, 102 pages. 185 by 140mm (7¼ by 5½ inches).

    Condition: Clean full leather binding. A touch of rubbing. Spine is somewhat dulled. Internally clean, binding is firm but slightly shaken.

    Book ID: 2453
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  • The Lady Who Loved Insects. by WALEY, Arthur
    WALEY, Arthur
    The Lady Who Loved Insects. Translated from the Japanese. Dry-points by Hermine David.

    London: The Blackamore Press, 1929. This is limited edition # 98 of 550 copies. In Japanese style cream coloured silk binding over bevelled hardback boards. Top edge gilt. 33 pages. 215 x 155 mm (8½ by 6 inches). From the 12th century Japanese short story about a Heian court lady who defies social convention. It was one of ten short stories told in the collection Tsutsumi Chūnagon Monogatari.

    Condition: Complete. Cream covers are grubby from handling, but internally the book is clean and tidy. Minus the slipcase.

    Book ID: 2598
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  • The Life and Death of Mr Badman by BUNYAN, John,
    BUNYAN, John,
    The Life and Death of Mr Badman With Decorations by the Brothers Rhead

    London: William Heinemann, 1900. One of 200 deluxe copies printed on Van Gelder paper. Cream boards with gilt design. Featuring the illustrations of the Brothers Rhead (George Woolliscroft and his brother Louis). The illustrations are each in two states. 330 x 260 mm (13 x 10¼ inches).

    Condition: A little darkening and nicking to the edges of the book. Darkening to page edges. Toning to blank endpapers. Good + copy overall.

    Book ID: 2506
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  • The Man Who Died by LAWRENCE, D. H
    LAWRENCE, D. H
    The Man Who Died

    London: Martin Secker, 1931. First Edition, that was limited to only 2000 copies. Hardback in publisher's original green cloth, with the spine lettered in gilt and with the image of a phoenix in gilt to the front board. Top page edges gilt, other edges left untrimmed. Last page states that it was printed in Great Britain by the Botolph Printing Works. 97 pages. 260 x 170 mm (10¼ x 6¾ inches).

    Condition: Minus the dust jacket. There is light sun fading to the both the front, the back and the spine. Darkening to front and back blank endpapers. Text is clean binding is tight.

    Book ID: 2853
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  • Signed First Edition in unclipped dust jacket
    The Mary Deare by INNES, Hammond
    INNES, Hammond
    The Mary Deare

    London: Collins, 1956. First Edition; signed by the author, in its original dust jacket. Very good book, in green cloth. 256 pp. 210 x 140 mm (8¼ x 5½ inches). Ralph Hammond Innes CBE, was a British novelist who wrote over 30 novels, as well as children's and travel books.

    Condition: Simply signed by the author to the title page. Dust jacket unclipped with price shown as 12s. 6d - but the head and tail of spine are chipped, and lesser so to corners. Now in removable clear protective wrapping. Owner name to the front endpaper. Lightly age-toned pages. One or two small spots to prelims.

    Book ID: 2348
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  • The Patriots. by Guinan, Canon
    Guinan, Canon
    The Patriots. An historical novel

    New York: Benziger Brothers: Benziger Brothers, 1928. Original green cloth with blind stamped shamrock to the front board, and gilt titles and shamrock decorations. Original dust wrapper (nowprotected in mylar) with an illustration of an Irish map to the front cover, and a list of other novels to the rear panel. First issue. "Taking the town of Druninara as a setting, he presents with the accuracy of an eye witness vivid and poignant scenes of that futile (1916) uprising that nevertheless was the beginning of the end of British ascendancy in Ireland." (Publisher's blurb). The Reverend Joseph Cannon Guinan was a parish priest in Ardagh, County Longford. 332 pages. 19 cm x 13 cm.

    Condition: Both book and wrapper are in excellent condition. The wrapper is fractionally darkened, and has a few minor nicks to the edges, but overall a very presentable wrapper. The boards are clean and bright - without flaw. Internally clean and tidy with a touch of foxing to the closed page edge only.

    Book ID: 1840
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  • The Rhyme of the Flying Bomb with illustrations by the Author by PEAKE, Mervyn
    PEAKE, Mervyn
    The Rhyme of the Flying Bomb with illustrations by the Author

    London: J.M. Dent, 1962. A corrected proof, bearing printers / proof reading corrections. Paper covers (front cover detached but present). Slight staining to covers. Includes Peake's own illustrations.
    44 pages
    230 by 140mm (9 by 5½ inches).

    Book ID: 2148
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  • The Story of Sir Gawaine and the Green Knight by RIDLEY, M.R.
    RIDLEY, M.R.
    The Story of Sir Gawaine and the Green Knight With Eight Colour Plates by Hope Bourne

    Leicester: Edmund Ward, 1944. Limited numbered edition. 93/200. Quarter green leather with vellum boards. Gold pentagram to the front board. Held in a slipcase. Eight coloured illustrations. Top edge gilt with rough cut other edges.
    96pp.
    195 by 135mm (7¾ by 5¼ inches).

    Condition: The book and slipcase are overall in excellent condition. The only flaw is that the dark green binding has faded to a brown, and there is some rubbing to the spine edges. Internally excellent.

    Book ID: 2268
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