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  • Topic: Literature: Writings, Criticism

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Caleb Trenchfield:
A Cap of Gray Hairs for a Green Head: or, the Father's Counsel to his Son, an Apprentice in London. Containing wholesome Instructions for the Management of a Man's whole Life. With Additions of Precepts to each Chapter.

London: Printed for A. Bettesworth, 1710. The Fifth Edition. [viii], 149, [iii]. The pages murmur with foxing throughout. An early owner has dallied with their pen on page 1 of the text and the facing blank. Small 8vo (7''x 4.5"), in a recent binding of quarter calf with marbled boards, the spine ruled in gilt with raised bands and red and black labels lettered in gilt. Much very deliberate counsel. "The Courting of Ladies is a pleasant (indeed) and gentile Divertisement; so I call it; for he is Mad that makes it his business, or thinks it worth his while, to set a seal upon a bubble; yet I must tell you, it is accompanied with not a few, nor small Inconveniencies: for you can hardly be Fantastick enough in your attire, to suit their Fancy; nor your Discouse Vain enough to fit their Humour: For though some few of them will Philosophize, the generality of them are so futile, that you have little cause to wonder the Poets imagin'd Venus concreta spuma." Etc. Lovely little book. Contents G+, binding Fine.

Price: £145.00


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Oliver Goldsmith: edited with Life by H.B.:
The Works of Oliver Goldsmith. [spine title: Goldsmith's Miscellaneous Works, with Life, Notes and Index.] [Complete four volume set.]

London: Thomas Tegg & Son; Griffin - Glasgow; Tegg, Wise - Dublin, 1835. First printing of this edition. [vi], 325; x, 341; x, 341; vi, 346; plus a frontis to each vol. Ownership name to front pastedown of each, that in Vol 1 partially crossed out. Contents clean with occasional foxing. Bindings firm, 18x11cms. Vols II - IV are in contemporary dark green cloth with printed labels, Vol I is in a slightly darker cloth and plain boards, with some wear to the corners and a nick to the fore-edge. Labels soiled and chipped, spine ends crimped. Minor repair to upper joint of Vol IV. Uncommon. A good little set. Very Good.
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Price: £120.00


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Father Prout [The Rev. Francis Mahony]: collected and edited by Blanchard Jerrold:
The Final Reliques of Father Prout [The Rev. Francis Mahony].

London: Chatto & Windus, 1879. Early reprint. xvi, 532, 32 (adverts); plus the guarded frontis portrait, and a facsimile of a handwritten page. Prelims foxed, contents generally very clean, with few incidents of foxing. Pencilled marginalia noticed to two pages, easily erased, left for their possible interest. Original yellow endpapers, pastedown with residue from former bookplate. The text block consists of stapled gatherings, not entirely stable as the staples are rusting, but intact at present: should endure quite well with considerate handling. In the original binding of brown cloth decorated in black and titled in gilt. Firm and clean, spine a little dulled and puckered, ends frayed, one corner knocked. [The title page gives only 1876, the year of first printing, but the adverts, dated October 1879, make it clear that this is a reprint.] Early copies are not common. VG.

Price: £65.00


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Friedrich Nietzsche:
Götzen-Dämmerung, oder Wie man mit dem Hammer philosophirt.

Leipzig: C.G. Naumann, n.d. [1893]. Zweite Auflage. [vi], ii, 116pp. Contents very clean, with some foxing to the prelims, and the final page has some foxing and soiling. 1893 ownership name to half-title, and date neatly added to foot of title page. Grained endpapers with intricate gilt pattern. 22.5x15.5cms, in contemporary binding of green marbled boards, firm, with a little minor soiling and small scuffs to extremities. Very nice copy. Very Good+.

Price: £250.00


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Owen Feltham:
Resolves: Divine, Morall and Politicall.

London: Dent, 1904. First thus. 416pp. Contents very fresh and unmarked, apparently unread. In the small and beautifully-printed Temple Classics series with ornate rubricated title page and tissue-guarded frontis. Top edge gilt. Silk bookmark frayed at ends. 6 x 4 ins, in the original binding of navy cloth, firm, corners sharp, with owl emblem in blind to upper board; spine titled and decorated in gilt, but a little dulled. Minimal other signs of wear. Very good copy. Very Good+.

Price: £60.00


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Edited by Cecil B. Harmsworth:
The New Liberal Review: Vol VII. No. 39.

London: 1904. Original edition. viii, [152]pp (#273-424). Contents clean, with foxing to first and last few pages and to closed edges. 25x16cms, in the original rather soiled grey wrappers, yapp edges showing some wear. Very Good.

Price: £24.00


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Walt Whitman:
Specimen Days in America. [World's Classics no. 371 / CCCLXXI ]

Oxford: Oxford University Press, [1931]. First 'World's Classics' printing. xiv, 317pp: with the silk bookmark. The previous owner was neat, but has neatly marked the text at pp 240 & 242, and I have found and have straightened about a dozen of his neatly dog-eared corners. There is also a tiny mark at p.95. Contents otherwise clean and unmarked and in very good order. In the pre-1950s World's Classics binding of smooth navy cloth, decorated in blind, spine titled in gilt: bright and fresh, with two pale marks to the upper board, slight blunting to lower corners and slight scuffs to spine ends. Not a common title in this edition. Very Good.

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Harold Nicolson:
Small Talk. (Essays)

Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, British and American Authors Volume 5319, 1938. First thus. 222pp. Light foxing to jacket flaps and the two pages adjacent to each. Contents otherwise very clean. Firm, in the original slightly glossy cream card covers, ruled yellow and titled in black: with a little browning to the bottom edge. In the protected jacket to a similar design, a little soiled and foxed, with fraying to head of spine and the upper corner, and a couple of internal repairs. Very good copy. Very Good+ in VG dust-jacket.

Price: £30.00


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Sho-o Amasaki:
Aldous Huxley and Buddhism. [inscribed copy]

Japan: Yamaguchi Shoten, 1961. First edition. viii, 63, [i]. With the author's signed 1961 gift inscription to the front free endpaper. Contents otherwise clean and unmarked. 21x15cms, in the original plain card covers with a green jacket designed by Hiromasa Kantory: besides having the usual front and rear flaps, this also has flaps folding over the covers along top and bottom edges. It is clean, with some fading to the top edge and the spine: as its edges are slightly proud of the book, there is a little scuffing, with an internal tissue repair to a short split to the bottom edge. Fine in very good dust-jacket.

Price: £60.00


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John Fennell and Anthony Stokes:
Early Russian Literature.

London: Faber and Faber, 1974. First edition. 295pp. Contents clean and unmarked. In the original binding of pale blue cloth, spine titled in gilt: firm, bright and sharp, with some ridging to spine. In the protected unclipped dust jacket, bright, with a little minor soiling, light scuffs to joints, and two small repairs. Very good copy. VG+ in very good dust-jacket.

Price: £25.00


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Julia Briggs:
Night Visitors: The Rise and Fall of the English Ghost Story.

London: Faber, 1977. First edition. 238pp. Contents clean, fresh and unmarked. In the original binding of cream cloth, spine titled in gilt: very bright and clean, corners sharp. In protected clipped pictorial dust jacket: slightly knocked to edges, top edge and spine lightly sunned. A very nice copy. Fine in VG+ dust-jacket.

Price: £160.00


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Peter Gidal, edited and with an Introduction by:
Structural Film Anthology.

London: bfi / British Film Institute, 1978. Reprint. 144pp. Small ownership name to title page, and small neat notes, in pencil to p.15, and in biro to p.46. Small soil mark to p.10. Contents otherwise clean and fresh. In the original bright red pictorial card covers, sunned at the spine. Clean, firm, and square, with faint indentations, and a slight crease to the upper corner of the front cover. Very Good.

Price: £65.00


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Philip Roth: with an Introduction by Martin Green:
A Philip Roth Reader. Including selections from all the novels, the entire text of 'The Breast' (newly revised), as well as the essay-story 'Looking at Kafka.'

London: Jonathan Cape, 1981. First edition. xxiv, 483pp. Contents clean and fresh. In the original quarter binding of red paper-covered boards with grey cloth spine titled in silver. Spine ends slightly blunted. In the protected unclipped orange dust jacket, clean and bright, very slightly faded at the spine, spine ends knocked. A very good copy. VG+ in very good dust-jacket.

Price: £30.00


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Edited by Rob Jackson: and signed by Arthur C. Clarke, Doris Lessing, Frederik Pohl, Brian Aldiss, Jim Burns and 14 others present:
Frontier Crossings: A Souvenir of the 45th World Science Fiction Convention, Conspiracy '87, held in Brighton, Gt Britain, from August 27th to September 1st 1987. SIGNED by a number of the attendees.

London: Science Fiction Conventions Ltd, trading as Conspiracy '87, 1987. Number #060 of a Signed Limited Edition of 135. 190, [2]; with adverts, photographs, and illustrations (some coloured) including the Jim Burns colour foldout frontis (used as a jacket in the regular edition, but here without the title across it). Page 1 is the autographs and limitation page (hand-numbered), with the tipped-in sheet bearing the autographs of Arthur C.Clarke, Doris Lessing, Frederik Pohl, Brian Aldiss, Jim Burns, Ray Harryhausen, Les Edwards, Dave Langford, Walt Willis, Rob Jackson, Peter Nicholls, Joyce Slater, Ken Slater, W.M. Gibson, Ian Miller, John Clute, and three others I can't identify. Text and articles convey a lively ferment. Contents very clean. Quarto, in the Limited Edition binding of navy faux leather titled in gilt, in a slipcase to the same design: all clean and firm, corners sharp, though gilt lettering tarnished. Very Good+.
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Price: £180.00


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Freeborn, Richard, and Jane Grayson, edited by:
Ideology in Russian Literature.

New York: St. Martin's Press, 1990. First edition. ix, 214pp. Contents fresh and clean. In the original textured binding lettered in gilt, clean, bright and firm, some extremities slightly blunted. In unclipped (unpriced) navy dust jacket, bright and clean. VG+ in near fine dust-jacket.

Price: £34.00


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Suzanne Fleischman:
Tense and Narrativity: From Medieval Performance to Modern Fiction.

London: Routledge, 1990. First UK edition. xvi, 443. Contents clean and fresh. In the original binding of russet cloth with spine titled in silver, firm, bright and sharp: slight compression to foot of spine. In the protected grey-green 'wrapping paper' dust jacket: clean and unclipped, with creasing to top of front panel: two closed tears along folds and one or two small nicks: spine sunned but print clear. Very nice copy. Near Fine in VG dust-jacket.

Price: £75.00


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edited by Ralph Yarrow:
European Theatre 1960-1990: Cross-Cultural Perspectives.

London: Routledge, 1992. First edition. x, 255pp. Text bright and clean. Rear pastedown has damage under the jacket flap from removed label, and there are a name and slight surface damage to front free endpaper. In original glazed black cloth-textured binding lettered in silver, very bright and firm. In the green and black dustjacket, bright and clean, back panel slightly puckered and with a couple of small scratches. The condition of the endpapers suggests former library ownership, but there are no stamps to confirm this. VG in VG dust-jacket.

Price: £20.00


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Neil Corcoran:
English Poetry since 1940. Longman Literature in English Series.

Longman, 1993. First edition. xviii, 308pp. Contents very clean and unmarked, appears unread. Medium size paperback, 214x136mm, with black pictorial covers (reproducing a Stanley Spencer painting): firm, bright, clean and square, with minimal signs of handling. Near Fine.

Price: £30.00


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Christopher Hitchens:
Unacknowledged Legislation: Writers in the Public Sphere. [Inscribed copy].

London: Verso, 2001. Reprint. xx, 358pp. Inscribed to the title page 'For Liz, with love / Chris'. Contents otherwise clean and unmarked. In the original binding of quarter dark blue cloth titled in black, with lighter blue paper-covered boards. Fresh, bright, corners sharp, spine ends blunted. In the protected unclipped pictorial jacket, puckered at head of spine and slightly to top edge of back panel. Very nice copy. Very Good+ in very good dust-jacket.

Price: £320.00


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