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[illus. OXENBURY, Helen] CUTLER, Ivor

Meal One

London: Heinemann, 1971

8vo, unpaginated. Original illustrated boards, lettered in black on front panel and spine.

First edition.
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£45.00

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[pseud. CLEMENS, Samuel] TWAIN, Mark

Mark Twain's Library Of Humour

London: Chatto & Windus, 1888

8vo, pp. 719, 32pp. publisher's advertisements dated April 1888 bound in at rear. Original illustrated red boards, lettered in gilt and with... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£125.00

3296

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BRIDGE, Harry P.

Making Your Shop Grow

London: The Efficiency Magazine, N.d.

8vo, pp. 157, 3pp. advertisements bound in at rear. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt to spine and blind-stamped to front panel.... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£40.00

3109

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CAMUS, Albert

Lyrical And Critical Essays

New York: Albert A. Knopf: 1968

8vo, pp. 365. Original burgundy boards, lettered in gilt to spine, Camus' name in blind to front panel. Printed price-clipped dustwrapper,... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£175.00

3302

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WORSHAM, Jas. A.

Low-Pressure Selling

London: The Efficiency Magazine, N.d.

8vo, pp. 218, pp., 6pp. publisher's advertisements bound in at rear. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt to spine and blind-stamped... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£40.00

3287

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[pseud. CLEMENS, Samuel TWAIN, Mark]

Life On The Mississippi

London: Chatto & Windus, 1883

8vo, pp. 561, 32pp. publisher's advertisements bound in at rear. Original red cloth illustrated boards, lettered in gilt to front panel and... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£150.00

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[illus. VICKY] [pseud. SCHAEFFAUER, Herman George] SAGITTARIUS

Let Cowards Flinch

London: Turnstile Press, 1947

Large 8vo, pp. 39. Original illustrated boards.

First edition.
Scarce in the dustwrapper.

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£65.00

1331

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SITWELL, Osbert

Left Hand, Right Hand! 5 vols.

London: Macmillan & Co., 1945-1950

8vos, all in original red boards, lettered in gold on spine.

First editions of Sitwell's autobiography.
A lovely set which has been together since publication.

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£180.00

3151

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SPEIGHT, Johnny

It Stands To Reason

London: M. & J. Hobbs, 1973

8vo, pp. 239. Original brown boards, lettered in gilt to spine, line drawing in black to front panel. Illustrated endpapers. Illustrated... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£250.00

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COXE, George Harmon

Inland Passage

New York: Knopf, 1949

8vo, pp. 246. Original red and blue boards, lettered in blue on spine. Top edge stained blue.

First edition.
Coxe's 25th mystery, from a ... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£25.00

3299

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FERN, William G.

How To Increase Your Personal Efficiency

London: Modern Salemanship, N.d.

8vo, pp. 144. Original purple boards, lettered in gilt to front panel and spine. Illustrated dustwrapper.

First edition.

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£30.00

3199

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FERRES, Arthur

His First Kangaroo

London: Blackie, N.d.

8vo, pp. 288, 32pp. publisher's illustrated advertisements bound in at rear. Illustrated olive green boards, lettered in cream, gilt and black to front... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£40.00

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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DEPEW, Albert N.

Gunner Depew

Chicago: The Reilly & Britton Co., 1918

8vo, pp. 312. Original dark blue boards, lettered in gilt on front panel and spine. Two small stamped names to front pastedown and... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£125.00

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[ed. ZUCKERMAN, Lord]

Great Zoos Of The World: Their Origins And Significance

London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, N.d. [1979]

Large 8vo, pp. 231. Original tan boards, lettered in gilt on spine.

First edition, INSCRIBED BY LORD ZUCKERMAN:... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£175.00

3245

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

Four Titles,

London: Methuen, V.d

Four 8vos. Original red boards, spine labels to each. Tissue guards to frontispieces.

Later editions, uniformly bound, ALL SIGNED BY EDITH... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£750.00

2841

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REID, Forrest

Following Darkness

London: Edward Arnold, 1912

8vo, pp. 320. Original brown boards, lettered in black to front panel and spine. Lower edge uncut.

First edition.

A coming-of-age novel from an Ulster novelist at the beginning of the twentieth century is always going to invite comparisons with Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and comparisons are always made, but Reid is more than able to stand on his own two feet, not only because of the calibre of his writing, but because of the homosexual sensibility which permeates his work, never explicit but always there. This book is no exception. Reid was the bridge between the ornate crypticism of the Uranians and the beginning of the genre we now know as Gay Lit. He's both important and scarce -- which is why this less than beautiful copy is offered.

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£225.00

2832

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[pseud. ABBOTT, Edwin A.] SQUARE, A.

Flatland: A Romance Of Many Dimensions

London: Seeley & Co., 1884

8vo, pp. 100. Original printed stiff paper wrappers. Leading edge uncut.

First edition.

One of literature's very few geometric Victorian social satires. Set in a two-dimensional world, A. Square visits the one-dimensional community of Lineland, where he is dismissed as a lunatic, and is then visited by a sphere from Spaceland. Convinced of the existence of a third dimension, Square starts to entertain the possibility of a fourth. And a fifth...

All of which made this text something of a sensation when Einstein published his general theory of relativity in 1915, and Flatland was taken up as a text which foreshadowed major scientific findings. Since then, it has been cited by scientists as eminent as Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking, inspired films and books, and - of course - has been name-checked in an episode of The Big Bang Theory.

This, the first edition, is now very scarce.


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