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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 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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Charles G.D. Roberts:
A Balkan Prince.

London: Everett & Co. Ltd., 1913. First edition. [vi], 248, plus a frontis, and with a diagram in the text. Text very clean: some foxing to the prelims, the last two pages, and the closed edges. Publishers' advertising band (incomplete) stuck down across front endpapers. The blurb reads: "It is not surprising that the bird-like aeroplane ../.. great naturalist; his mechanical expert knowledge and his acquaintance with the [flight principle(?)], combined with a splendid story of hair-breadth escapes in the aeroplane ../.. to be used in Servia's flight for freedom, go to make up a thrilling and timely [story(?)]". In the original binding of red cloth, ruled and titled in blind to the front, spine titled in gilt. Firm and clean, but front has been splashed. A scarce novel concerning early flying by the 'Father of Canadian Poetry'. Good copy. VG-.

Price: 48.00


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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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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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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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Uttley, Alison:
The Farm on the Hill.

London: Faber and Faber, 1941. First edition. [Damp-stained copy in good jacket.] 316pp. Endpapers have staining to top and bottom edges and along hinges, slightly affecting the next few pages. Small top edge stain affecting pp 57-66. Contents otherwise slightly cockled but clean. In the original binding of green cloth, spine lettered in gilt: brown stain affecting mostly lower half of binding all the way round. A couple of bookworm holes from pastedown through to cloth near hinge of lower board. In the scarce protected price-clipped green dust jacket, with 1cm chip to upper corner of front panel. With a little light wear and some internal repairs, and damp stain to base of back panel, but otherwise surprisingly good and quite bright. G- in VG dust-jacket.

Price: 48.00


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Martin, David
The Shoes Men Walk In.

London: The Pilot Press, 1946. First edition. 177pp. Short stories. Pages fresh and clean. In the original binding of yellow cloth, spine titled in black: boards unusually bright, spine slightly dulled, foot crimped. An unusually fresh copy. VG+.

Price: 45.00


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Charles L. Clifford:
Mindanao Mirage.

Kingswood, Surrey: The World's Work, 1948. First edition. [iv], 147pp. Contents clean and unmarked. Faint tanning to endpapers and to closed edges. In the original binding of red cloth: small mark and fading to spine, small loss of colour to upper corners from damp, and minor blunting to extremities. A 'thrilling tale', and a 'stirring romance of life and action'. Firm clean copy. VG.

Price: 30.00


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Timothy Pember:
The Needle's Eye.

London: Cape, 1948. First edition. 366pp. Contents clean and unmarked. In the original binding of pale yellow cloth titled in green: bright and attractive, slightly faded at the spine, with a few mm heavily sunned at the head. The protected unclipped pictorial dust jacket is bright, but slightly tanned and soiled, and with fraying and repairs to spine ends. VG+ in VG- dust-jacket.

Price: 20.00


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Ardyth Kennelly:
The Spur. Novel about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

London: Gollancz, 1951. First UK edition. 304pp. Contents firm, clean and unmarked. Text block closed edges heavily foxed, but with no more than an occasional millimetre of encroachment onto page surfaces. In the original binding of green cloth, spine titled in black, bright, clean and square. In the protected pictorial jacket: foxed, with some soiling to the blank lower panel, minimal edge wear and tiny (2mm) chip to foot of spine. Very Good in VG dust-jacket.

Price: 60.00


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