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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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[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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£500.00

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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

3434

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[AUDEN, W.H.]

Gazette of the Grolier Club

New York: 1947

12mo, pp. 207-267. Stapled offprint.

First edition. Contains the text of Auden's Address on Henry James, given to coincide with the... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£45.00

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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[Roxburghe Club] FOGAZZARO, Antonio

Eden Anto

San Francisco: The Roxburghe Club, 1930

Large 8vo, pp. 29. Original green stiff paper wrappers, spine label and silk ties. Green slipcase.

No. 76 of 250 numbered... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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FRAENKEL, Michael

Death Is Not Enough

London: Carrefour, N.d. [1962]

8vo, pp. 171. Original oversized stiff paper wrappers.

Second edition, published by the author's widow, Daphne. First published by... [please click on the image or book title for more details]"white heart-rot of death" -- the death that must be accepted and not evaded if there is to be resurrecti


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SOMERVILLE, Boyle Townshend

Commodore Anson's World Voyage

London: Heinemann, 1934

8vo, pp. 317. Original black boards, lettered in gilt to spine, sea horse device in gilt to front panel. Maps at endpapers.

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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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£500.00

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WERFEL, Franz

Class Reunion

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1929

Small 8vo, pp. 204. Original yellow boards, lettered in blue and red on front panel and spine. Top edge stained blue.

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2221

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[LARKIN, Philip] Bloomfield, B. C.

Brought To Book

Edinburgh: The Friends of Edinburgh University Library, 1995

8vo, pp. 17. Original illustrated stiff paper wrappers, lettered in red to front panel.

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£95.00

2237

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THOMAS, R.S. and HOPE JONES, Peter

Between Sea And Sky

Llandysul: Gomer Press, 1998

Square 8vo, pp. 82. Original blue boards, lettered in silver to spine. Photographic dustwrapper.

First edition.

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£30.00

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[AUDEN, W.H.]

Auden's Library

New York: Phoenix Book Shop, 1975

12mo, pp. 8. Original pale blue stiff paper wrappers.

First edition. One of 300 copies privately printed for Christmas 1975 by... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£25.00

3229

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

An Incorruptible Irishman 1767-1843

London: Ivor Nicholson & Watson, 1932

Large 8vo, pp. 265. Original blue boards, lettered in black on red spine label to spine, Bushe coat of arms in gilt on red label to... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£300.00

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[pseud. CLEMENS, Samuel] TWAIN, Mark

A Tramp Abroad

London: Chatto & Windus, 1880

8vo, pp. 564, 32pp. publisher's advertisements bound in at rear. Original illustrated red boards, lettered in gilt and with line illustrations... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£95.00

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