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3686

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STOPPARD, Tom

Arcadia

San Francisco: Arion Press, 2001

Oblong folio, pp. 114. Original green silk covered boards, title labels to front panel and spine. Leading edge uncut. Original green... [please click on the image or book title for more details]"as objects of beauty", but that would set limits which my love for books disregards. [...] I now possess more [books] than I will have time to read before I'm dead, because for years past I have been buying books faster than I can read them. I love ordinary trade editions, and after a few decades of buying -- not collecting -- them I now find I possess a number of collectable "firsts" simply by having stayed alive. It is of course a special delight to have a play in Arion's distinguished list. I confess that this beautiful production will not have the company it deserves on my bookshelves. I have never gone in for special editions, fine bindings etc. Perhaps it's not too late to start. Meanwhile "the Arion Arcadia" will receive the same jealous regard as my trade edition of, say, Max Beerbohm's A Christmas Garland picked up off a barrow for sixpence forty years ago -- there is no higher regard.'

(Stoppard's fondness for giving books as gifts is well known; the generosity he shows in doing it perhaps less so. When a friend of your cataloguer appeared as Bernard, the Byron scholar, in the most recent West End revival of Arcadia in 2009, Stoppard's opening night gift to him was a first edition of Byron's Hebrew Melodies (1815). It is not for sale.)

A fine copy of a glorious edition of a perfect play.

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3642

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[Atlas Press]

The Printed Head III

London: Atlas Press, 1993

11 vols. in illustrated stiff paper wrappers, with supplement. Original black slipcase with title in white to spine and series device to front and... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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3108

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[ed. HUGHES, Ted] PLATH, Sylvia

Collected Poems

London: Faber, 1981

8vo, pp. 351. Original blue stiff paper wrappers, photographic portrait of Plath to front panel.

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3122

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KITCHIN, C.H.B.

The Secret River

London: Secker & Warburg, 1956

8vo, pp. 359. Original black boards, lettered in silver to spine. Printed dustwrapper.

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2838

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SUTHERLAND, Joan

ALS To Leo McKern

Montreux: N.p., 1993

2pp. ALS on headed notepaper ('Joan Sutherland' over a floral design, light red on cream). Original envelope present, address handwritten, postmarked 23.11.93. Colour photograph of Sutherland and McKern on location for On Our Selection in Braidwood, Australia, taken the following year.

2pp. ALS FROM JOAN SUTHERLAND TO LEO MCKERN, FONDLY REMEMBERING THEIR RECENT MEETING AND LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING TOGETHER ON DAD AND DAVE: ON OUR SELECTION.

In 1994, four years after her retirement from the operatic stage, Dame Joan Sutherland returned to her native Australia to make what would turn out to be her only dramatic film: Dad and Dave:On Our Selection, written and directed by George Whaley. Based on the writings of Steele Rudd, the film, set in Queensland at the end of the nineteenth century, starred Geoffrey Rush, Ray Barrett, Noah Taylor -- and Leo McKern as Dad Rudd. Joan Sutherland played Mother Rudd, with not entirely satisfactory results, and the film, made to mark the centenary of the Australian film industry, was a failure with both critics and paying audiences.

This letter dates from the early days of Sutherland and McKern's association, is written on Sutherland's personalised notepaper and sent from her home in the Swiss village of Les Avants, and looks forward, albeit nervously, to the forthcoming shoot:

'[I]f nothing else convinced me to become involved in the film your honest, down-to-earthness did. I hope, if it all gets sorted out that I shan't be too much out of my depth!'

Accompanying the letter is a photograph, taken on location the following year, of a laughing Sutherland and McKern in costume.

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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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2611

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WODEHOUSE, P.G.

Summer Moonshine

London: Herbert Jenkins, 1938

8vo, pp. 312. 8 pp. advertisements bound in at rear. Original red boards, lettered in black to front panel and spine. Top edge red.Illustrated... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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MILLIGAN, Spike

The Goon Show: Series Six Number Five: The Case Of The Missing C.D. Plates

London: N.p. [BBC], 1955

20 mimeographed pp., secured with split pin to top left. Two title pages (see below).

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MILLIGAN, Spike

The Goon Show: Series Six Number Three: The Lost Emperor

London: N.p. [BBC], 1955

22 mimeographed pp., secured with split pin to top left.

First edition. Series six, Number Three, first broadcast on 4 october 1955.

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2608

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WODEHOUSE, P.G.

Indiscretions of Archie

London: Herbert Jenkins, N.d. [1921]

8vo, pp. 320. Original pale blue boards, lettered in dark blue to front panel and spine, publisher's device bland-stamped to rear... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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2224

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[ed. GRIGSON, Geoffrey]

New Verse

London: Drummond, 1933-1939

34 issues in 32. Small 8vo. Stiff paper wrappers. Red wraparound band to Auden double issue (26-27), perforated subscription forms to many... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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[ed. CARTER, Graydon]

Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire:

New York: Rodale, 2009

Large 8vo, pp. 215. Original blue boards, lettered in blind on spine.

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3850

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THOMAS, Dylan

Under Milk Wood

London: J.M. Dent, 1954


8vo, pp. 101. Original brown boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Printed dustwrapper, photographic portrait of author to rear... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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3282

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O'BRIAN, Patrick

The Surgeon's Mate

London: Collins, 1980

8vo, pp. 315. Original blue stiff paper wrappers, lettered in black to both panels and spine.

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3228

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SOMERVILLE, Boyle Townshend

Commodore Anson's World Voyage

London: Heinemann, 1934

8vo, pp. 317. Original boards. Portions of illustrated dustwrapper pasted in to preliminaries. Maps at endpapers. Plain brown homemade dustwrapper,... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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3159

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SOMERVILLE, E. OE

Slipper's ABC Of Fox Hunting

London: Longmans, Green, 1903

Large 4to, pp. 81. Original green illustrated boards, lettered in black to spine.

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2267

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AUDEN, W.H.

Culture And Leisure

Washington D.C.: Catholic University of America/Unesco, 1966

4to, 12 mimeographed pp., secured with staple to top left.

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1950

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[MANDELA, Nelson] MEER, Fatima

Higher Than Hope

London: Hamish Hamilton, 1988

8vo, pp. 429. Original black boards, lettered in gilt on spine.

First edition, WARMLY INSCRIBED TO PETER HAIN BY DONALD WOODS: 'For Peter, on your 40th birthday, an appropriate gift -- your personal contribution to the goals and the liberation of Mandela will never be forgotten. 17/2/1990 Donald and Wendy Woods.'

Donald Woods began his professional life in South Africa as a cub reporter on the radical newspaper The Daily Despatch, and rose through the ranks to become its editor in 1965. He was close friends with the Black Consciousness Movement leader Steve Biko, murdered by police in 1977. Woods' secretly-taken photographs of his friend's battered exposed the government cover-up of the cause of Biko's death.

Peter Hain's parents were radicals active in the Liberal Party of South Africa. By the age of nineteen Hain was chairman of the Stop The Seventy Tour campaign and, at great personal risk, led protest marches and pitch invasions of South African rugby and cricket tours in order to oppose apartheid. In 1972 he was sent a letter bomb, which failed to explode. Having emigrated to Britain he became a founder member of the Anti-Nazi League in the late 1970s. (He was also a vice-president of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, forerunner of Stonewall). He migrated from the Liberal Party to Labour, and served in a number of Cabinet positions under both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Nelson Mandela was released from prison on 11 February 1990; six days later Donald Woods presented this book to Peter Hain to mark Hain's 40th birthday, the two men's joint struggle, and, crowningly, one of the most joyous events of the twentieth century.

A wonderful association copy, affectionately inscribed by one hero of the anti-apartheid movement to another.","

London: Hamish Hamilton, 1988

8vo, pp. 429. Original black boards, lettered in gilt on spine. Very light spotti

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[?pseud.] COMBOURG, Marie

Journal Intime D'Une Provenciale

London-Calcutta-Melbourne [Paris]: Philéas Fogg [Eric Losfeld], N.d. [c. 1956]

8vo, unpaginated [pp. 90]. Illustrated wrappers. French text.

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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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