19824

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[pseud. MATTHEWS, Ronald] COUSINS, Sheila

To Beg I Am Ashamed

Paris: Obelisk Press, 1938

8vo, pp. 270. Original yellow stiff paper wrappers, lettered in red and black on front and rear panels and spine. Edges uncut.

Second edition, first Obelisk edition. The publisher's note on [vi] states: 'An attack against the book, in the London press, of unprecedented ferocity and vindictiveness caused its withdrawal before publication [by Routledge]. This, the Obelisk edition, published in May 1938, is therefore the first effective edition.' Despite being withdrawn before publication, a few copies of the Routledge edition have survived.

It is sometimes claimed, usually by bookdealers, that this book was written by Graham Greene. It wasn't. Although Greene helped his friend by chipping in with a telling phrase here and there -- phrases he would later quote approvingly when he contrived to review the book -- To Beg I Am Ashamed is almost entirely the work of Ronald Matthews.

A very nice copy of a fragile, cheaply made book.


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CUSHING, Peter

TLS to Leo McKern

Whitstable: N.p., 1993

1 p. TLS on Peter Cushing's personalised stationery. Unfolded.

TLS FAN LETTER FROM PETER CUSHING TO LEO McKERN DATED 16 SEPTEMBER 1993, LESS THAN A YEAR BEFORE CUSHING'S DEATH.

A warm, effusive fan letter from cinema's greatest vampire-slayer, it reads:

'Dear Leo McKern,
It's that fan again! Some years ago I wrote to you about your superb 'Rumpole' series, and received a most charming letter of thanks.

My admiration for your work goes back to the play (and subsequent film) 'A Man For All Seasons', and you have never failed to captivate me. Having seen you recently in 'Travelling North', and again the other evening in 'A Foreign Field' I just had to write once more.There is a 'je-ne-sais-quoi' quality about your performances which touches the heartstrings, and if you don't receive some public recognition eventually, there's no justice in this world!

Thank you, dear fellow, for such pleasure. It makes me very proud to remember we worked together in 1956 in 'Time Without Pity', with Michael Redgrave and Ann Todd. (Long ago and far away!)

With kindest wishes, and may God's blessing be with you always.

As ever,
(sgd) Peter Cushing O.B.E. Whitstable, Kent'

(The 'public recognition' Cushing refers to is of course not audience approval, but the possible future conferring of honours on McKern: Cushing himself was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1989).

A touching salute to a fellow actor from one of the most distinctive and distinguished figures of British cinema.

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[McKern, Leo] OLIVIER, Laurence

TLS Laurence Olivier to Leo McKern

London: N.p., 1982

1p. TLS on headed notepaper.

1pp. TLS FROM LAURENCE OLIVIER TO LEO McKERN, WELCOMING HIM TO THE CAST OF KING LEAR.

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3522

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FLEMING, Ian

Thunderball

London: Cape, 1961

8vo, pp. 254. Original black boards, skeletal hand blindstamped on front panel, lettered in gilt on spine. Lacking the dustwrapper.

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3492

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ORBEN, Robert

Three Vintage Joke Books

New York: Robert Orben/Louis Tannen, V.d.

3 8vos, bound in illustrated wrappers.

First editions, various printings.

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2305

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AUDEN, W.H.

Three Songs For St. Cecilia's Day

New York: Privately printed, 1942

Small 8vo, unpaginated. Original blue stiff paper wrappers, lettered in black to front panel. Stitched binding.

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3525

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AYCKBOURN, Alan

Three Plays

London: Chatto & Windus, 1979

Small 8vo, pp. 216. Original red boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Illustrated dustwrapper.

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3441

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BRISLEY, Joyce Lankester

Three Little Milly-Molly-Mandy Plays

London: George Harrap, 1938

Small 8vo, pp. 64. Original tan coarse grain illustrated wrappers, lettered in black to front panel.

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PHILLPOTTS, Eden

Thoughts In Prose And Verse

London: Watts, 1924

8vo, pp. 135. Original green boards, lettered in black on front panel and spine.

First edition.

A minor title in the prodigious output of 'The Dartmoor Scribe', but a particularly nice copy.

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McINTOSH, Harlan Cozad

This Finer Shadow

New York: Dial Press, 1941

8vo, pp. 408. Original blue-green boards, lettered in green on front panel and spine.

First edition.
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2646

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WODEHOUSE, P.G.

Their Mutual Child

New York: Boni and Liveright, 1919

8vo, pp. 284. Original blue boards, lettered in white to front panel and spine.

First edition.

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BROMLEY, Nick

Theatre Lore

London: LNP Books, 2012

8vo, pp. 248. Original stiff paper wrappers.

First edition, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON HALF-TITLE. Foreword by Simon Callow.
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3281

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O'BRIAN, Patrick

The Yellow Admiral

London: Harper Collins, 1997

8vo, pp. 262. Original vermillion boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Illustrated dustwrapper.

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2793

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HILL, Susan

The Woman In Black

London: Hamish Hamilton, 1983

8vo, pp. 160. Original green boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Illustrated dustwrapper.

First edition of what has now become better known in its second incarnation. The stage adaptation of The Woman In Black is a West End phenomenon, and has been running in London since 1989. Like the book, it is genuinely creepy.

Scarce, and getting scarcer.

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3563

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WODDIS, Roger

The Woddis Collection

London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1978

8vo, pp. 96. Original laminated photographic boards.

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BURROUGHS, William

The Wild Boys: A Book Of The Dead

London: Calder & Boyars, 1972

8vo, pp. 184. Original red boards, lettered in gilt on spine.

First UK edition.

Burroughs' predictably nihilistic foray into science fiction, set in the darkly unknowable future of 1988.

A very nice copy of a book seldom found in such good condition.

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2222

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LARKIN, Philip

The Whitsun Weddings

London: Faber, 1964

8vo, pp. 46. Original deep red cloth boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Dustwrapper.

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COCTEAU, Jean

The White Paper

Paris: Olympia, 1957

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CRANE, Clarkson

The Western Shore

New York: Harcourt, Brace 1925

8vo, pp. 303. Original black boards, lettered in brown on front panel and spine.

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3408

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[Erotica] [ANON.]

The Way Of A Man With A Maid

London-New York [Paris]: The Erotica Biblion Society, N.d. [c.1928]

Small 8vo, pp. 276. Original cream stiff paper wrappers, lettered in black to front panel and spine. Edges ... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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