Modern First Editions


2610

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WODEHOUSE, P.G.

Summer Moonshine

New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1937

8vo, pp. 322. Original orange boards, lettered in orange-on-green to spine. Leading edge uncut. Illustrated dustwrapper.

First edition, preceding the UK edition by four months.

Serialised in the Saturday Evening Post before publication in book form -- for which Wodehouse was paid $40,000.

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£495.00

2570

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WODEHOUSE, P.G.

Uncle Fred In The Springtime

New York: Doubleday Doran, 1939

8vo, pp. 292. Original blue boards, lettered in blue-on-brown to spine. Leading edge uncut. illustrated dustwrapper.

First edition, published on 25 August 1939; the UK edition appeared one week later. Serialised in Saturday Evening Post in April/May of that year.

'Uncle Fred was an afterthought, a late-1930s addition to Wodehouse's world, an irrepressible bounder of sixty-something whom Wodehouse saw as 'a sort of elderly Psmith'. ... [He] would be one of Wodehouse's most enduring heroes, later starring in Uncle Dynamite (1948), Cocktail Time (1958), and Service With A Smile (1962). But in Uncle Fred in the Springtime, he gets his name in the title, a sure indication of Wodehouse's delight in his company.'

A very nice copy in the scarce dustwrapper.

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£495.00

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CAIN, James M.

Serenade

New York: Knopf, 1937

8vo, pp. 314. Original black boards, lettered in silver on front panel and spine. Top edge stained red, other two edges uncut.

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£475.00

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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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GUDAITIS, Anthony

A Young Man About To Commit Suicide

New York: William Faro, 1932

8vo, pp. 224. Original hessian boards, spine label lettered in red. Paper on rear pastedown a little split at spine.

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£450.00

3048

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PROULX, E. Annie

The Shipping News

New York: Scribner's, 1993

8vo, pp. 364. Original blue stiff paper wrappers, lettered in black to front panel and spine.

Uncorrected advance proof copy, SIGNED BY... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£400.00

2682

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WODEHOUSE, P.G.

Mulliner Nights

New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1933

8vo, pp. 312. Original orange boards, lettered in black and orange-on-black to front panel and spine. Top edge red, leading edge uncut.... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£400.00

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WODEHOUSE, P.G.

Uncle Dynamite

New York: Didier, 1948

8vo, pp. 312. Original red boards, lettered in silver to spine, facsimile signature in silver to front panel.

First US edition, published five weeks after its UK counterpart. The second Uncle Fred novel.

Uncle Dynamite was the first book Wodehouse had published in the United States following his split from Doubleday:

'He blamed the move on 'the Doubleday organisation', which, he felt, was a 'huge factory' that did not care about his books. ... In England, Uncle Dynamite sold as well as Spring Fever, but in America, despite Didier's efforts, sales were not enhanced...' (McCrum)

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£400.00

2429

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RIDING, Laura

Americans

N.p. [Los Angeles]: Primavera, 1934

8vo, pp. 28. Original star-spangled boards, red cloth spine.

First edition, one of 200 numbered copies, this copy out of... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£375.00

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[contrib. AUDEN, W.H.]

Public School Verse

London: Heinemann, 1924

Small 8vo, pp. 38. Original grey three-quarter boards, printed spine label.

First edition. One of only 500 copies, and Auden's first... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£375.00

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GREENE, Graham

19 Stories

New York: Viking, 1949

8vo, pp. 247. Original blue boards, lettered in black on front panel and spine.

First US edition, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON FRONT FREE... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£375.00

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AUDEN, W.H.

Spain

London: Faber, 1937

8vo, pp. 12. Original red stiff paper wrappers with foldover flaps. Partly unopened.

First edition.

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£350.00

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BENCHLEY, Robert

The Early Worm

New York: Henry Holt, 1927

8vo, pp. 263. Original green boards, lettered in yellow to front panel and spine.

First edition, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR: 'To Dicky, for ... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£350.00

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BURNS, John Horne

The Gallery

New York: Harper & Bros., 1947

8vo, pp. 342. Original black cloth, lettered in gilt on spine.

First edition.
The author's first novel is barely a novel at all, more a loosely-connected series of short,... [more]

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£350.00

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PROULX, E. Annie

Heart Songs

New York: Scribner's, 1988

8vo, pp. 151. Original mauve and tan three-quarter boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Illustrated dustwrapper. Leading edge uncut.

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£325.00

2435

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O'BRIAN, Patrick

Post Captain

London: Collins, 1972

8vo, pp. 414. Original pale blue boards, lettered in gilt to spine.

First edition.

Only the second instalment in what would be... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£325.00

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[WODEHOUSE, P.G.] MOYLE, Seth

Cheque From the Frank A. Munsey Company

New York: N.p., 1912

Company cheque, hand-dated Sept. 4th 1912, made out to Seth Moyle, and signed by him on reverse.

HANDWRITTEN CHEQUE TO WODEHOUSE'S NEW YORK... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£300.00

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GREENE, Graham

The Return Of A. J. Raffles

London: Bodley Head, 1975

Small 8vo, pp. 80. Original orange boards, lettered in gilt to spine.

First edition. No. 202 of 250 copies SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.

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£300.00


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