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JAMES, P.D

The Children of Men

London: Faber and Faber, 1992

8vo, pp.239. Original black boards, lettered in white on spine A near fine, unread copy with just the lightest of edgewear... [more]

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£40.00

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TREVOR, William

The Children Of Dynmouth

London: Bodley Head, 1976

8vo., pp. 222. Original green boards, lettered in gilt on spine.

First edition. Booker shortlisted, and winner of the Whitbread Prize.

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£45.00

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BINYON, Laurence

The Burning Of The Leaves And Other Poems

London: Macmillan, 1944

8vo, pp. 18. Original paper wrappers.

First edition.

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£25.00

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NORTON, Mary

The Borrowers Avenged

London: Kestrel Books, 1982

8vo, pp. 285. Original brown boards, lettered in silver to spine. Illustrated dustwrapper.

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£20.00

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NORTON, Mary

The Borrowers Aloft

London: J.M. Dent, 1951

8vo, pp. 154. Original blue boards, lettered in red to spine. Line drawing in red to front panel. Illustrated endpapers and... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£65.00

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NORTON, Mary

The Borrowers Afloat

London: J.M. Dent, 1959

8vo, pp. 176. Original blue boards, lettered in red to spine. Line drawing in red to front panel. Illustrated endpapers and... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£75.00

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McCARTHY, Cormac

The Border Trilogy

London: Picador, 1992-8

8vos. Vol. I: Original cream boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Illustrated dustwrapper. Vols. II and III: Original black boards, lettered in gilt to... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£125.00

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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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DUNNING, John

The Bookman's Wake

New York : Scribner, 1995

8vo, pp. 351. Original tan and maroon quarter boards, lettered in red and tan-on-red on spine.

First edition. The second of Dunning's biblio-mysteries featuring the bookloving detective... [more]

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DeLILLO, Don

The Body Artist

London: Picador, 2001

8vo, pp. 124. Original black boards, lettered in gilt on spine.

First UK edition.
Review copy: London Review of Books slip laid in.

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£15.00

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[Olympia Press] DURRELL, Lawrence

The Black Book

Paris: Olympia Press, 1959

Small octavo, pp. 301. Original green stiff paper wrappers.

First issue of the two Olympia Press versions issued by Maurice Girodias.
First published by Girodias' father Jack Kahane... [more]

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£50.00

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DURRELL, Lawrence

The Black Book

Paris: Obelisk, 1938

Octavo, pp. 260. Original stiff paper wrappers.

First edition.
No. 1 in the Villa Seurat series, established by Henry Miller and Laurence and Nancy Durrell as an imprint of the Obelisk... [more]

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£475.00

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[Olympia Press] DURRELL, Lawrence

The Black Book

Paris: Olympia Press, 1959

Small octavo, pp. 301. Original green stiff paper wrappers.

First issue of the two Olympia Press versions issued by Maurice Girodias.
First published by Girodias' father Jack Kahane... [more]

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£35.00

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SMITH, Zadie

The Autograph Man

London: Hamish Hamilton, 2002

8vo, pp. 419. Original black boards, lettered in gilt on front panel and spine.

First edition of the author's second novel.

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£60.00

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[GRAVES, Robert]

The Augustan Poets

London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1943

8vo, pp. 32, lacking the outer wrappers.

First edition, INSCRIBED BY GRAVES IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION TO JULIAN GLOVER.

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£125.00

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NESS, Patrick

The Ask And The Answer

London: Walker Books, 2009

8vo, pp. 519. Original blue patterned boards lettered in silver and grey on front and back panels and spine.

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AUDEN, W.H. and ISHERWOOD, Christopher

The Ascent Of F6

London: Faber, 1936

8vo, pp. 123. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt on spine. Illustrated dustwrapper.

First edition, one of 2000 copies.

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£95.00

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PULLMAN, Philip

The Amber Spyglass

London: Scholastic, 2000

8vo, pp. 550. Original black boards, lettered in gold on front panel and spine.

First edition.
The third book in Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy.

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£125.00


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