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Adolf Wilbrandt: translated from the German by Dr A.S. Rappoport:
A New Humanity, or The Easter Island.

London: Maclaren & Co., 1905. First edition. viii, 360pp. Foxing to first and last few pages, and to closed edges: most of text unaffected. Contents otherwise clean and unmarked. In the original binding of smooth blue cloth, titled in black to front and spine, and front stamped in blind 'Colonial Edition'. Bright, firm, and clean, spine ends puckered. Fresh copy with some foxing. Very Good.

Price: 40.00


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William le Queux: Naval Chapters by H.W. Wilson, Introductory Letter by Field-Marshal Earl Roberts:
The Invasion of 1910: with a full account of the Siege of London.

London: Eveleigh Nash, 1906. Second impression. xiv, 550pp, including maps, plans, proclamations etc, and a facsimile of Earl Roberts' letter. Fictional account of the invasion of Britain by Germany. 1906 gift inscription to front free endpaper. Some foxing to first and last twenty pages, little elsewhere. Closed edges of text block are tanned. In very good condition in the original binding of red cloth titled in gilt and decorated in blind. Firm and bright, with fading to spine. An unusually attractive copy of a book which is more often found the worse for wear, and from the same year as the first printing. Very Good.

Price: 80.00


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William Caine:
Hoffman's Chance.

London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1912. First edition. [iv], 376, [16] adverts: colour frontis with tissue guard. Early ownership name to front free endpaper: back endpapers and adjacent page stained at top edge. Contents otherwise clean. In the original binding of red cloth, ruled in blind, decorated and titled in gilt. Boards bright, with a few marks to front; spine dulled, with indentations, some crimping and fraying at ends, and a short tear at the head. Good firm copy. Good.

Price: 40.00


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H. de Vere Stacpoole:
The Blue Lagoon.

London: Wayfarer's Library edition: Dent, n.d. [1914]. First edition thus. [iv], 260pp. With frontis and decorative title page both tinted in blue and orange. Slight toning to endpapers: contents otherwise clean and fresh and unmarked. In the original binding of red cloth, upper board decorated in blind, spine titled in gilt. Boards firm, sharp and bright, spine slightly faded, ends blunted. Very good copy of a nice early edition, years before any of the three film versions. Very Good+.

Price: 35.00


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Sheila Kaye-Smith:
A Challenge to Sirius.

London: Nisbet, 1917. First edition. [viii], 436, [3] adverts. 1920 ownership name to half title and light tanning to endpapers. Minor adhesion or soiling to pastedowns, and final blank page is soiled. Pages otherwise clean. In the original binding of dark blue-green cloth, ruled and titled in black. Firm and bright, with some pale marks: rubbed at joints and edges, and extremities blunted. Fair used copy. Good.

Price: 24.00


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Westall, William:
A Very Queer Business. (Short stories)

London: Chatto & Windus, 1918. Reprint. (vi), 350pp. Chatto first published this collection in 1904, a year after the author's death. Missing front free endpaper replaced. A few pages have a little minor soiling, and there is a dark mark to the closed fore-edge. Contents otherwise unmarked. In the original ochre cloth, ruled in blind and titled in black. Firm and fairly bright, showing slight wear and spine ends very discreetly made good. Nice copy. Very Good.

Price: 48.00


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Hooper, M. Cicely:
Beyond the Night.

London: The Highway Press, 1929. First edition. (vi), 148, (6) adverts. With a colour frontis. Some foxing to endpapers, prelims and advert pages, but frontis and main text clean. Prize label on front pastedown. In the original binding of blue cloth, with african artefacts and titling in black: firm, bright and clean. The striking protected unclipped (unpriced) jacket is creased and frayed, with large chips from base of spine and bottom corner of front panel. Good copy of a scarce title: 'A vivid story of East African life'. Very Good in poor dust-jacket.

Price: 32.00


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D.F. Gardiner:
The Prison House.

London: Constable, 1929. First edition. [iv], 281pp, (i), [ii] adverts. Faint soiling or foxing to a few pages, contents otherwise clean. In recent binding of charcoal grey cloth with labels to front and spine made from original russet cloth titles. Very Good.

Price: 75.00


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Basil Carey:
Gray Amber.

London: Robert Hale, n.d. [1930s] Reprint. 251pp. Love, crime, depravity, and - ambergris. Endpapers foxed, contents clean. Title page and following page slightly damaged at fore-edge. Firm, in the original binding of orange cloth, spine titled in black. A couple of tiny marks, otherwise fresh and bright, extremities blunted. Good copy of a scarce title. Very Good.

Price: 30.00


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May Christie:
The Jazz Widow. A Novel.

London: Hodder and Stoughton, n.d. [c.1930] First or early UK edition. 320pp. Contents unmarked and very clean, with some foxing to prelims and last two pages. Light toning to endpapers. Firm, in the original binding of red cloth decorated in blind, spine ornamented and titled in black: boards bright, spine very slightly darkened. Nice copy. Very Good.

Price: 30.00


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Bridie, James:
The Perilous Adventures of Sir Bingo Walker of Alpaca Square.

London: Constable, 1931. First edition. 224pp, with numerous drawings by Gilbert Rumbold. Comic period piece. Contents clean and unmarked. Rebacked at some time with new endpapers and green cloth spine, and retaining the original pictorial boards, showing a knight on a prancing horse: these are bright, with a little minor soiling, and a few scuffs to the edges. VG.

Price: 24.00


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Bernhard Guttmann: translated by Ludwig Lewisohn:
Ambition: The 500 German Prize Novel.

London: William Heinemann, 1931. First English edition. [4], 323pp. Lacks front free endpaper. Half-title is foxed, and bears a faint 1931 pencil gift inscription as well as a later neat ink ownership name. While the prelims are foxed, the text pages are notably clean, although towards the end of the book there is some foxing to the closed edges, which does not encroach onto the margins. In the original binding of straw-coloured cloth with a pronounced texture, spine decorated with a red tree and titled in black, in extremely fresh condition, bright and sharp. The protected unclipped pictorial dust jacket is bright and clean to the red front and white spine, rather foxed to the lower (advertisement) panel and the inner flaps. An exceptional copy. ['This novel unfolds the broad and brilliant panorama of the Great Elector of Prussia, of the Roi Soleil of France, and of William of Orange. Ambition, though on different planes, is the driving force in each group of characters, from the hunch-backed heir of the Great Elector on one side, to the two tragic lovers upon the other. Here are the wars and the statecraft, the controversies and the rebellions that lie at the foundation of the modern world. The kings, diplomats, courtiers, serfs, parsons, scholars and moods of the seventeenth century are called up in the imagination with an absorbing reality.'] VG contents, binding Fine, in very good+ dust-jacket.

Price: 40.00


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Fallada, Hans:
Little Man What Now.

London: Putnam, March 1933. First English edition. viii, 441pp. Contents very clean and fresh and unmarked. In the original binding of green cloth, spine titled in gilt, upper board elegantly titled in blind. Firm, boards bright and clean, spine slightly sunned and with faint marks, ends slightly blunted and with small nick at head. Nice copy of the rare first printing. VG+.

Price: 100.00


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Pitigrilli [Dino Segre]: translated from the Italian by Warre B. Wells:
Mr. Pott.

London: John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd, 1933. First UK edition. [vi], 312pp. First UK edition of Wells' translation of 'L'esperimento di Pott', which was published in the US as 'The Man who searched for Love'. Contents clean: faint stain to prelims, rust marks in gutter at pp160-172. Small faint 1935 ownership name to front fly. In the original binding of blue cloth titled in yellow. Firm, but quite worn and discoloured: some splitting of the external joints has been informally, but lightly and effectively, repaired. Shadow of former Boots library sticker to upper board. No other library marks. Scarce. Used.

Price: 50.00


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Alice Williamson (Mrs. C.N. Williamson):
The Lightning Conductor Comes Back. [Association copy]

London: Chapman and Hall, 1933. First edition. viii, 289pp, with map endpapers. Ebullient fictional motor travelogue through the Southern Counties of England. The half title bears the ownership signature of the writer Clarence Winchester, who appears as a character in the book, the protagonists' guide to the Sussex part of the tour: below his signature he has listed the page numbers of his appearances. There is also his small printed ownership label to the border of the map on the front pastedown. Contents clean and in very good order - except for that Sussex section, whose 20-odd pages he has enthusiastically dog-eared, and variously marked in ink. He has also marked his astonishment at the statement in the Foreword that the original Lightning Conductor title, published nearly 30 years earlier, sold over a million copies. In the original binding of black cloth, titled and decorated in pink and green: firm, slightly soiled, and a pale line marks a small fault in the cloth; corners sharp, spine rather faded, ends puckered, with a scuff at the foot of the upper joint. A nice association copy of an uncommon title. VG-.

Price: 50.00


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T.B. Marle [Hubert Steel Lambert]:
It Happened in Vienna.

London: Thornton Butterworth, 1934. First edition. 253pp + [1] advert. Ownership name to front free endpaper. Contents otherwise very clean. In the original binding of pale blue cloth: front titled in blind, spine in navy. Clean and firm, with slight bumping to extremities. Very nice copy of Marle's scarce first title. Very Good.

Price: 65.00


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Naomi Mitchison:
We Have Been Warned.

London: Constable, 1935. First edition. xiv, 553pp. Contents fresh, clean, and unmarked. Gutter split to rear endpaper has been neatly glued. Firm, in the original binding of smooth crimson cloth, spine titled in gilt. Boards bright, corners sharp, spine a little dulled, ends puckered, negligible soiling. A very nice copy of the first printing of her notorious novel. Very Good+.

Price: 800.00


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Eden Phillpotts:
Thorn in Her Flesh.

London: John Murray, 1938. First edition. 347, (i), [4] adverts. Unread copy: pages exceptionally fresh and bright. Tanning to endpapers from improvised jacket, and some very faint foxing to the adjacent blank pages. Closed edges also peppered with a little fine foxing. The orange cloth titled in black is bright and clean, corners sharp, like new, though the base of the spine is puckered. It has been conserved all this time in a brown paper jacket, on the spine of which has been neatly laid down the spine of the original dust jacket, of which nothing else remains. It is slightly frayed at the foot, and the green print of the title appears sunned. Exceptional copy of a scarce title. Near Fine in poor dust-jacket.

Price: 120.00


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Dennis Wheatley:
The Quest of Julian Day.

London: Hutchinson, [1939]. First edition. 422, [viii] (Wheatley ads), [ii] blank, 16 (publisher's ads): with map endpapers. First owner's name to half title. Contents very clean. p.400 is tanned, and there's light tanning to the subsequent pages. Some foxing to closed edges of text block. All firm, in the original binding of black cloth: corners good, spine titling fairly bright: publishers' name on front partly rubbed. Spine ends slightly blunted. Has the air of having been carefully housed since first read. A very good sound copy of the first edition (first owner's purchase date '24/1/39' on half-title, and no 'xth thousand' or date on title or copyright page). Very Good.

Price: 80.00


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Dennis Wheatley:
The Scarlet Imposter.

London: Hutchinson, [1940]. First edition. 454, [8] Wheatley ads, [ii] blank, 32 ads: with map endpapers illustrated by Diana Younger. First owner's neat name, with a circled number, to half title. Contents otherwise very clean, with faint yellowing to pages, perhaps twenty of which have an occasional small grease spot or minor edge stain. A little tanning to the endpapers. Closed text block edges browned, with some foxing, not encroaching on page surfaces. All firm, in the original binding of black cloth: spine titling very rubbed, as often, and soil marks to boards. Corner tips slightly scuffed, but not knocked, joints and spine ends rubbed. Tiny spot of fraying at foot of lower joint. Has the air of having been enthusiastically read at the time, but carefully housed since. A good sound copy of the first edition (no 'xth thousand' or date on title or copyright page). [The Gregory Sallust character in this series is widely regarded as a precursor to Ian Fleming's James Bond.] Good+. Hardcover. (#19407101) 80.00 Good+.

Price: 80.00


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