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O'BRIAN, Patrick

The Mauritius Command

London: Collins, 1977

8vo, pp. 268. Original green boards, lettered in gilt to spine.

First edition.

An early entry -- instalment four -- in O'Brian's... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£225.00

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AUDEN, W.H. and MacNEICE, Louis

Letters From Iceland

London: Faber, 1937

8vo, pp. 268. Original green boards, lettered in red and black to spine. Illustrated dustwrapper.

First edition.

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BETJEMAN, John

First And Last Loves

London: John Murray, 1969

8vo, pp. 244. Original pink and white illustrated stiff paper wrappers.

Later edition, AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED BY BETJEMAN ON... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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SOMERVILLE, E. OE, and ROSS, Martin [pseud. MARTIN, Violet]

Sarah's Youth

London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1938

8vo, pp. 311. Original green boards, lettered in gilt to spine.

First edition, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR TO TITLE PAGE, AND... [please click on the image or book title for more details]


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O'BRIAN, Patrick

The Thirteen Gun Salute

London: Collins, 1989

8vo, pp. 319. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt to spine.

First edition.

Instalment no. 13 in what became O'Brian's 20-volume ... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£200.00

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CAREY, Peter

Oscar And Lucinda

London: Faber, 1988

8vo, pp. 512. Original blue boards, lettered in white on spine.

First UK edition. Winner of the Booker Prize, and filmed by Gillian Armstrong... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£200.00

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MILLER, Henry

Plexus

Paris: Olympia Press 1953

2 vols. 8vos, pp. 342 and 348. Original stiff paper wrappers.

First English-language edition, preceded only by the French translation published by Corrêa a year before in an edition of just ... [more]

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MILNE, A.A.

The House At Pooh Corner

London: Methuen,
1928


8vo, pp. 178. Original salmon boards, lettered in gilt to spine, two Sheperd vignettes in gilt to front panel. Pink illustrated endpapers.... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£195.00

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HERLIHY, James Leo

Midnight Cowboy

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1965

8vo, pp. 253. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Illustrated dustwrapper, author's photographic portrait to rear... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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[MILLER, Henry] ed. PERLES, Alfred

The Booster, Christmas Special

Paris: P.p., 1937


Small 8vo, pp. 48. Original green stiff paper wrappers, printed in black to front and rear panels.



First edition.

In 1937, and for reasons best known to himself, the head of the American Country Club of France entrusted its house journal to the editorial control of Alfred Perlès, encouraging him to bring in his literary friends and turn it into 'something really good'. Perlès took him at his word. Henry Miller, William Saroyan and Lawrence Durrell were installed as Literary Editors, which was a solid start, but alarm bells must have started to ring when Michael Fraenkel opened the Department of Metaphysics and Metempsychosis, and Walter Lowenfels was appointed to the key position of Head of Butter News. The newly conceived organ was relaunched in September 1937 and followed a less than predictable orbit before crashing to earth seven issues later in April, 1939. (It was lucky to get to seven: when Durrell published a piece about an old man being fucked to death by Eskimo Nell, the name of the magazine was changed to Delta at the insistence of a management understandably fearing legal action.)

This is the third issue, which bears the seasonal title 'The Tri-Lingual Womb Number'. It features contributions from Gerald Durrell (Death), Henry Miller (How to Lead the Podiatric Life) and Perlès (Limbs Ancient and Modern), as well as Saroyan, Raymond Queneau and Anais Nin.

A scarce survivor, and a bizarre literary side street.


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[FRAENKEL, Michael and LOWENFELS, Walter] ANONYMOUS

Anonymous

Paris: Carrefour Editions, N.d. [1930]

12mo, pp. 29. Original yellow stiff paper wrappers.

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MORTIMER, John

The Summer Of A Dormouse

London: Viking, 2000

8vo, pp. 213. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Illustrated dustwrapper.

First edition, later impression (incomplete number... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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MORTIMER, John

Paradise Postponed

London: Viking, 1985

8vo, pp. 374. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Illustrated dustwrapper.

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GARNER, Alan

The Lad of the Gad

London: Collins, 1980


8vo, pp. 116. Original black boards, lettered in silver to spine. Illustrated dustwrapper.



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£175.00

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ROBSON, Don

Young and Sensitive

London: Hutchinson, 1964

8vo, pp. 175. Uncorrected proof copy. Original printed red stiff paper wrappers, lettered in black to front panel and spine. Endpapers illustrated with facsimile manuscript.

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MacDONALD, John D.

Dress Her In Indigo

London: Robert Hale, 1971

8vo, pp. 208. Original black boards, lettered in silver to spine. Illustrated dustwrapper.

First UK edition, and a very nice example.

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£175.00

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MILNE, A.A.

Now We Are Six

London: Methuen, 1927

8vo, pp. 104. Original maroon boards, lettered in gilt to spine and with E.H. Shepard designs in gilt to front and rear panels. Pink endpapers with... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£175.00

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SOMERVILLE, E. OE, and ROSS, Martin [pseud. MARTIN, Violet]

All On The Irish Shore

New York: Longman's, Green & Co., 1910

8vo, pp. 274. Original red boards, lettered in gilt to spine and blind stamped to front panel. Tissue guard to... [please click on the image or book title for more details]"Martin Ross" April 19, 1913.' The English literary scholar Nevill Coghill was the nephew of Edith Somerville, the co-author of this book. First published by Longmans in 1903.

Edith Somerville [1858-1949] and her writing partner, her cousin Violet Martin ('Martin Ross') [1862-1915] are best known for writing the Irish R.M. stories together. After Violet's death in 1915 Edith, a firm believer in seances and the afterlife, continued to proclaim dual authorship of her books. This collection comprises eleven articles by the pair previously published in magazines, periodicals and anthologies.

A scarce signature, and a close family association.



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