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Wright, Peter with Greengrass, Paul Spy Catcher: The Candid Autobiography of a Senior Intelligence Officer
New York, U.S.A.: Viking Penguin, 1987. First Edition. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 0670820555 FIRST EDITION Neat and small previous owners name and date to front free endpaper otherwise a sharp clean copy. Housed in the black dustwrapper. Publishers printed price intact on front free endpaper. The dustwrapper is protected in a removable archival booksleeve to preserve its condition. Minimal signs of handling otherwise this remains a very presentable copy throughout. (Book ref. 001177) £29.00
Richards, Frank Billy Bunter Among the Cannibals
London, United Kingdom: Charles Skilton Ltd, 1950. Illustrated by R.J. Macdonald. First Edition. Very Good/Near Very Good. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall FIRST EDITION Bound in the publishers sea green cloth with contrasting dark blue title lettering to spine. Number six in the ever popular Billy Bunter series of classic school days adventures ! Book sits solid and square with all corners sharp. A nice clean copy. Housed in the brightly coloured R.J. Macdonald illustrated dustwrapper on the usual yellow background. Publishers printed price remains intact on front inside flap. Small chips to the head and tail of spine. A tad dusty overall but nontheless a nice example of the dustwrapper. Protected in a removable archival booksleeve to preserve its condition. Bunter does it again and ends up in his usual customary pickle ! (Book ref. 001176) £74.00
Words By Eugene Field, May Byron and Florence Campbell. Music By H.A.J. Campbell The Sleepy-Song Book
London: George G. Harrap, 1915. Illustrated by Anne Anderson. First Edition. Very Good/No Jacket. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall Bound in the publishers blue cloth backed spine and paper covered boards with exquisite onlaid colour illustration by Anne Anderson. Although undated this is possibly the first edition and certainly a very early edition. In the same format as the first printing. 12 excellent coloured plates and frontispiece by Anne Anderson the famous Scottish childrens illustrator. Overall a very nice copy indeed of a childrens song book classic (Book ref. 001175) £94.00
Greene, Graham Loser Takes All
London, United Kingdom: Heinemann, 1955. First Edition. Cloth. Near Fine/Good +. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall FIRST EDITION A tight, sharp copy in the somewhat edgeworn and chipped dustwrapper. All pages are present and correct with no inscriptions. Book sits solid and square. Quite presentable and protected in a removable archival booksleeve to preserve its condition. One of Graham Greene's 'entertainments' as he used to call them and perhaps one of his lesser known titles. Lovely and vivid bright blue, yellow and white dustwrapper artwork with an excellent old time gambling era theme to it ! Surprisingly scarce. (Book ref. 001174) £105.00
Gorey, Edward The Haunted Tea-Cosy: A Dispirited and Distasteful Diversion for Christmas * SIGNED BY EDWARD GOREY *
New York, U.S.A.: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1997. Illustrated by Edward Gorey. First Edition. Very Fine/Fine. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 0151004153 Signed by Author FIRST EDITION Bound in the publishers pink hardboards with black title lettering to spine. The pages and distinctive colour illustrations by Edward Gorey are in excellent condition throughout and are squarely bound. Book sits solid and tight and is in as new condition. Housed in the matching dustwrapper which has been neatly priceclipped. Protected in a removable archival book sleeve to preserve its condition. The photograph provided is a picture of the book and the dustwrapper and we are happy to send more images on request. A lovely, fresh example of this much loved book from the strange and wonderful world of Edward Gorey. This is the first printing and has been SIGNED by Edward Gorey on a special Harcourt, Brace and Co. publishers bookplate which has been carefully affixed to the front free endpaper. A beautiful copy of a perennial Edward Gorey favourite ! (Book ref. 000420) £175.00
Wodehouse, P.G. Aunts Aren't Gentlemen
UK: Barrie and Jenkins, 1974. First Edition. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 0214200477 Bound in the publishers blue cloth with bold gilt title lettering to spine. All pages are present and correct and squarely bound. The blue cloth binding remains in very good condition. Book sits square and solid. Housed in the typically humourous dustwrapper with publishers printed price intact on front inside flap. Dustwrapper has slight signs of overall wear and handling to the edges. Black and white photograph of P.G. Wodehouse to the rear panel. Protected in a removable archival sleeve to preserve its condition. Images are available on request. A very presentable copy. (Book ref. 000376) £52.00
Gorey, Edward The Loathsome Couple
New York, U.S.A.: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1977. Illustrated by Edward Gorey. First Edition. Near Fine/Very Good. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall FIRST EDITION Bound in the publishers illustrated paper covered hardboards with matching dustwrapper which has been neatly priceclipped. More fine, delicate handywork from the master illustrator that is Edward Gorey ! A very nice copy indeed. A strange tale indeed that could only leap from Gorey's vivid and seemingly endless imagination. Light overall signs of handling to both book and dustwrapper otherwise a most presentable copy with no inscriptions. Interior very clean. All first printing points present. Dustwrapper now protected in a removable archival booksleeve to preserve its condition. (Book ref. 001173) £72.00
Thackeray, William Makepiece The History of Henry Esmond, Esq.
New York, U.S.A.: Limited Editions Club, 1956. Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone. First Edition Thus. Decorative Cloth. Fine/Fine. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall FIRST EDITION Bound in the publishers luxurious floral cloth with black title label to spine. Ths is a special limited edition of 1500 copies produced specifically for The Limited Editions club of New York and signed by the famous illustrator Edward Ardizzone. This copy is number 66 Each illustration has been hand coloured at the studio of Walter Fischer. The book looks unread and is very tightly bound. It is almost 'as new' in its appearance and remains very fresh and presentable. Housed in the sturdy brown slipcase which is in fine condition. Bright and vivid colour illustrations by Edward Ardizzone capture the books essence fantastically ! A very nice copy indeed. (Book ref. 001172) £94.50
Luba Gurdjieff Everitt with Marina C. Bear Luba Gurdjieff : A Memoir with Recipes
Berkeley, CA, U.S.A.: Snow Lion Graphics/S L G Books, 1997. First Edition Thus. Near Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 0943389224 Bound in sturdy cardboard wraps this is an astonishing account of the niece of the great Armenian teacher and philosopher - G.I. Gurdjieff. Along with some very nutritious and wholesome recipes Luba recalls her great adventures and childhood spent with the remarkable Gurdjieff. Her recipes centre on the meals and food she saw, ate and helped prepare in the Gurdjieff inner circle which years later were served in her own small restaurant in London. Great food and some fantastic recollections of a man who to this day is revered in many circles as one of the worlds all time greatest mystics and teachers of the true way to live ones life. The book is in Near Fine condition with no inscriptions. Makes me hungry just reading it ! (Book ref. 001170) £34.00
Blyton, Enid Noddy Goes to School
London, United Kingdom: Sampson, Low, Marston and Co Ltd, 1952. Illustrated by Beek. First Edition. Very Good/Very Good. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall FIRST EDITION A very presentable first edition copy of this classic Noddy title. Illustrated paper covered boards. Housed in the matching dustwrapper with correct publishers printed price as denotes the first printing. Rounded spine. This book belongs to box has been neatly filled in otherwise a very clean copy. Fantastic colour illustrations by the legendary Beek remain in bright vivid condition. Dustwrapper now protected in a removable archival booksleeve to preserve its condition. (Book ref. 001169) £105.00
Potter, Beatrix The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle
London, United Kingdom: Frederick Warne and Co., 1907. Illustrated by Beatrix Potter. First Edition. Very Good. 24mo - over 5" - 5" tall FIRST EDITION Bound in the publishers original grey covered paper boards with silver title lettering to spine and front board. Paper onlaid colour illustration remains complete and intact and very well preserved. All pages are present and correct with no inscriptions and are tightly bound. The binding is remarkably tight given the books age.This is a very early impression of this book in the same format as the first printing. The binding looks identical. The copyright date of 1907 appears on the copyright page with no other dates printed. Minor signs of handling and light overall wear to the boards but a lovely copy nontheless. Unusually the spine remains strong with no missing pieces which is scarce for these particular little Beatrix Potter books. A very nice and presentable copy of a Beatrix Potter perennial favourite. (Book ref. 001168) £225.00
Conrad, Barnaby La Fiesta Brava - The Art of the Bullring
Boston, USA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1953. First Edition. Very Good +/Good. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall FIRST EDITION Fascinating book on the art of bullfighting by the famous American author and one time vice consul to Spain. A must for anyone interested in the technical ins and outs of bullfighting. Profusely illustrated and photographed throughout Book is clean and well preserved. Book sits solid and square with all corners sharp. Previous owners name to the front free endpaper remains discreet. Dustwrapper somewhat worn but still presentable and protected in a removable archival booksleeve to preserve its condition. (Book ref. 001167) £22.00
Steinbeck, John Sweet Thursday
New York: The Viking Press, 1954. First Edition. Very Good/Near Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall FIRST AMERICAN EDITION Bound in the publishers mustard yellow cloth with blue birds and red title lettering to front board and spine. There are no inscriptions present within the book. A very nice, clean copy in presentable condition. Housed in the spectacularly colourful dustwrapper which has been neatly priceclipped. Excellent dustwrapper artwork by Paul Galdone. Light wear and overall signs of handling but a nice looking example of the dustwrapper portraying a typically idyllic scene of early American life and culture. Protected in a removable archival booksleeve to preserve its condition. A nice copy of another absorbing John Steinbeck novel which further entrenches him at the very heart of American popular literature. (Book ref. 001166) £59.00
Adams, Richard THE PLAGUE DOGS
London: Allen Lane in Association with Rex Collings, 1977. Illustrated by A. Wainwright. First Edition. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 0713910550 FIRST EDITION A very nice copy with no inscriptions. Dustwrapper has minor signs of handling and very little wear. Neatly priceclipped. Protected in a removable archival booksleeve to preserve its condition. Very presentable. (Book ref. 001165) £19.50
Gorey, Edward THE EPIPLECTIC BICYCLE
New York, U.S.A.: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1969. Illustrated by Edward Gorey. First Edition. Very Good +/Very Good +. FIRST EDITION A lovely copy in the matching dustwrapper with all first printing points. Dustwrapper has publishers printed price intact on front inside flap. Protected in a removable archival booksleeve to preserve its condition. A very presentable copy indeed ! (Book ref. 001164) £125.00
Johns, Captain W.E. Biggles Delivers the Goods
London, United Kingdom: Hodder and Stoughton, 1946. Illustrated by Leslie Stead. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall FIRST EDITION Bound in the publishers red cloth with black title lettering to spine and front board. All pages are present and correct with no inscriptions and are tightly bound. Book sits solid and square with all corners sharp. The usual dramatic full colour frontispiece by Stead starts this epic adventure off in swashbuckling style ! A very presentable copy. Housed in the Leslie Stead designed dustwrapper with publishers printed price intact on front inside flap. Biggles waves confidently from the front panel in full flying gear so typical of the 1940s era ! Very lightly creased to the edges otherwise a bright and presentable example of the colourful dustwrapper. Now protected in a removable archival booksleeve to preserve its condition. A biggles title that is becoming increasingly scarce in the first printing. Nice copy. (Book ref. 001163) £85.00
Hesse, Hermann Demian
New York, U.S.A.: Harper & Row, 1965. First American Edition. Near Fine/Very Good. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION A very nice copy of the first American edition of this absorbing Hermann Hesse novel. Introduction by Thomas Mann. Hermann Hesse first published this novel in 1919 under a pseudonym and it was this great work that made him famous. First edition stated on the verso of the title page. All pages are present and correct with no inscriptions and are tightly bound. Book sits solid and square with all corners sharp. Housed in the Very Good dustwrapper with publishers price intact on the top inside of front flap. Light signs of handling and some very shallow chips to the head of spine otherwise the dustwrapper remains in very presentable condition. Protected in a removable archival booksleeve to preserve its condition. A very nice copy ! (Book ref. 001162) £32.50
Ballard, J. G. The Drowned World
Holland: Dragon's Dream, 1981. Illustrated by Dick French. First Edition Thus. Cloth. Fine/Very Good +. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall FIRST EDITION THUS Bound in the publishers black cloth with silver title lettering and decoration to spine and front board. This is the first illustrated edition. The Dick French full page colour illustrations bring to life this strange imaginary story with vivid realness ! All pages are present and correct with no inscriptions. A well made book in the atmospheric Dick French dustwrapper. Dustwrapper protected in a removable archival booksleeve to preserve its condition. A very clean copy inside and out. Strange and compelling this is J.G. Ballard at his thought provoking best ! (Book ref. 001161) £69.00
Dalglish, Kenny; Gallacher, Ken King Kenny : An Autobiography
London: Stanley Paul, 1982. First Edition. Fine/Fine. 0091477301 Signed by Author FIRST EDITION SIGNED BY LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB PLAYER AND LEGEND AND MEMBER OF 1966 WINNING WORLD CUP SQUAD - IAN CALLAGHAN. VERY RARE WITH HIS SIGNATURE AND THE OBVIOUS ASSOCIATION WITH ANFIELD. IAN CALLAGHAN STILL HOLDS THE RECORD FOR MOST APPEARANCES FOR LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB. KING KENNY ! THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS AS BOTH A PLAYER AND A MANAGER. (Book ref. 001160) £79.00
Queen, Ellery THE DETECTIVE SHORT STORY - A BIBLIOGRAPHY * SIGNED BY ELLERY QUEEN *
New York, U.S.A.: BIBLO and TANNEN, 1969. First Edition. Cloth. Fine/Fine. Signed by Author FIRST EDITION This is a must compilation of a list of short detective stories put together by the legendary Ellery Queen. (Book ref. 001159) £89.00