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A Writer's Notebook

Tantivy Press, Malvern
8vo in black cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 255pp
VERY GOOD+, a well preserved clean and tight copy ( gilt spine lettering dulled, pages very slightly tanned)
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Grope Carries on - Being the Further Adventures of Albert Grope During the Great War

Faber & Faber, London
8vo in red cloth, grey lettering to spine, 318pp
A well preserved near FINE clean and tight copy ( top edge of page block slightly dusty, end-papers and page-block edges slightly foxed or tanned). A pleasant copy
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The Laughing Horror Case (SIGNED COPY)

Page One Publishing, Amsterdam
8vo in stiff glossy card covers 182pp. One of 500 copies made. Inscribed and signed by author on the 2nd fly-leaf
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy
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Thebes of the Hundred Gates

Harper Collins, London
1st printing. 8vo in purple boards, silver lettering to spine, 120pp
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy (hint of tanning to leaves) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket. An excellent copy
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Chekhov's Journey

Carroll & Graf, New York
8vo in two-tone grey and blue paper covered boards, 183pp
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy in a FINE complete Dust Jacket (minute speck of rub to top corner tip of front flap fold, inner flaps faintly tanned, looks new in its removable transparent protector)
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Breakfast of Champions - Publishers Trial Binding Copy

Jonathan Cape, London
8vo in the publisher's brown faux cloth, 295pp.This copy has no lettering on the spine, but is otherwise exactly the same as the published edition. It is a pre-publication trial binding. Where there were options for colour, covering, texture etc., trial bindings are made for the author and publisher, often without printing on the spine or covers. This copy is in the same binding as was used for the first printing. There are not often more than a dozen copies made of each trial binding.
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (page-block edges slightly tanned) in a moderately sunned but otherwise FINE complete Dust Jacket
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Flowers and Insects - Some Birds and A Pair of Spiders

Faber & Faber, London
Tall 8vo. in dark blue faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 61pp on glossy art paper, colour plates. Note: due to a printing error this book was incorrectly paginated and there are in fact only 30 leaves making 60 pages in all.
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW very clean and tight copy (merest hint of tanning to cover top edges) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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The Sparsholt Affair (SIGNED COPY)

Waterstones / Picador, London
Large 8vo in blue faux cloth, white lettering to spine. 453pp. This copy signed by the author on the front fly-leaf below the printed words 'A Waterstones exclusive signed edition, October 2017. This editions was specially produced by the publishers for Waterstones and is coincident with the trade first edition
An almost AS NEW unread copy (merest hint of tanning to leaves) in an almost AS NEW complete Dust Jacket (front inner flap faintly and mildly creased, looks new in its removable transparent protector)
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Caroline Bowles Southey 1786 - 1854 - the Making of A Woman Writer

Ashgate, Aldershot
8vo in black faux cloth, silver lettering to spine.287pp, bibliography, index etc
NEW unread copy in NEW complete Dust Jacket
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Soldier and Dramatist - Being the Letters of Harold Chapin American Citizen Who Died for England At Loos on September 26th 1915 - with Two Portraits

John Lane, the Bodley Head, London
1st printing. 8vo in dark blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 288pp, portrait frontispiece plus one other photo portrait of Chapin, a few scattered line illustrations in text
A well preserved near FINE clean and tight copy (gilt spine lettering dulled, top edge of page block darkened, pages slightly tanned). A nice copy
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Last Tales

Putnam, London
1st printing. 8vo in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 405pp
A well preserved near FINE very clean and tight copy (pages slightly tanned). No jacket
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On the Morning of Christs Nativity Other Poems

The Folio Press, London
8vo in in quarter reddish brown buckram with Rackenmarmor Swedish marbled paper boards, top edge gilt, gilt embossed cloth label to front cover, 71pp on Zerkall mould-made paper. One of the Folio Society's series of fine press books. No limitation is stated, but given the relative scarcity of these books it would be fair to assume the number is in the low hundreds.
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy in the publishers' original plain plastic dust jacket - which is also in FINE condition
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Risk (SIGNED COPY)

Michael Joseph, London
8vo in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 251pp. Boldly inscribed and signed by author on front blank fly-leaf dated Autumn 1977
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (hint of tanning to leaves) in a faintly tanned but otherwise FINE complete Dust Jacket. A very nice copy
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The Kingdom of Heaven is Like (SIGNED by Alan Bennett)

Herbert Press, London
ap Square 4to in grey boards, gilt lettering to spine, 56pp, colour plates, etc. This copy signed by Alan Bennett on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (hint of tanning to leaves) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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David Copperfield (Two volumes bound as one - complete)

Waverley Book Co., London
Thick, heavy Octavo size (8vo). in ornately blind and gilt embossed red cloth, 446pp plus 460pp. The Author's Favourite edition reprinted in exact Facsimile (except title-pages) and in a facsimile binding, of the last edition published under Dickens' direction. All plates (on stiff paper) present and collated complete
An extremely well preserved near FINE clean and tight unread or barely read copy (neatly repaired tear to head of spine, hint of shelf rub to spine ends and cover corner tips, end-papers and page-block edges slightly tanned)
Hardcover
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The English Patient

Bloomsbury, London
1st printing. Large 8vo in blue faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 307pp
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight unread copy (very small bump to bottom edge of front cover, hint of tanning to leaves) in a slightly tanned and dusty VERY GOOD price-clipped Dust Jacket (two barely noticeable short closed edge-tears, looks very presentable in its removable transparent protector)
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The Moor's Last Sigh (SIGNED COPY)

Jonathan Cape, London
1st printing. Heavy Octavo size (8vo). in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 434pp. Signed by author on title-page (no other inscription)
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (hint of tanning to leaves) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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E M Forster - Writers and Their Work No. 7

British Council, London
Revised Edition and 1st Edition Thus. 32pp in stiff paper wraps, portrait frontispiece, bibliography etc.
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (covers and page-block edges slightly tanned)
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The Poetry of Living Japan - An Anthology

John Murray, London
Small 8vo. in red faux cloth, black lettering to spine and front cover, 104pp
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (top edge of page block slightly dusty) in a faintly tanned and dusty but otherwise FINE Dust Jacket
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James Joyce and His World

Thames & Hudson, London
1st printing. 4to in marine green cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 144pp, plates, index etc
A well preserved FINE very clean, bright and tight copy (name on fly-leaf, page-block edges slightly tanned) in a very near FINE complete Dust Jacket (hint of tanning to top edges, top corner tips very slightly rubbed, looks fine in its removable transparent protector)
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The Sunshine Boys

Random House, New York
1st printing. 8vo in black cloth backed blind embossed orange paper covered boards, gilt lettering to spine, 109pp
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (page-block edges very slightly tanned) in a near FINE complete Dust Jacket (inner flaps slightly tanned, hint of sunning to spine panel, spine panel ends slightly shelf rubbed, looks fine in its removable transparent protector). A nice copy
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The True Mistery of the Passion

Oxford University Press, London
1st printing. 8vo in stiff card covers, 126pp
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight clearly unread copy (spine very slightly faded, some very slight tanning to leaves and rear cover). An excellent copy
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The Waters Reglitterized - the Subject of Water Color in Some of its More Liquid Phases

Village Press, London
1st UK printing. 8vo in photo illustrated stiff card covers, 54pp
VERY GOOD+, a well preserved clean and tight copy (mild foxing to rear cover)
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The Enchantress of Florence (SIGNED COPY)

Jonathan Cape, London
1st printing. Large 8vo in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 359pp. This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
NEW unread copy (hint of tanning to leaves) in a NEW complete Dust Jacket
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Selected Poems 1965 - 1975

Faber & Faber, London
1st printing. 8vo in photo illustrated stiff card covers, 136pp
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight clearly unread copy still close to new (hint of tanning to covers and page-block edges). An excellent copy
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Plays by Samuel Foote and Arthur Murphy - the Minor - the Nabob - the Citizen - Three Weeks After Marriage - Know Your Own Mind

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (British and American Playwrights Series)
Large 8vo in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 233pp
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight unread or barely read copy (pages very slightly tanned) in a slightly tanned but otherwise FINE complete Dust Jacket
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Poesies De Ronsard

Le Livre Francais, Paris
Finely bound in contemporary red cloth backed red patterned boards with grey eps, xvi + 266pp, No. 1993 of 2550 copies on velin pur fil (some leaves unopened), original covers bound in at rear. Text in French
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (page-block edges slightly tanned)
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Sweeney Astray

Faber & Faber, London
1st UK printing. 8vo in colour printed stiff card covers, 85pp
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread or barely read copy (hint of tanning to leaves)
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The Setting Sun and the Rolling World - Selected Short Stories

William Heinemann, London
8vo in blue faux cloth, silver lettering to spine. 202pp
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW very clean and tight copy (hint of sunning to bottom edge of spine) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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Miniatures and Moods

David Nutt, London
1st printing. Small 8vo. in steel blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, bevel edges, 111pp
VERY GOOD, a clean and tight copy (spine tanned, name on fly-leaf, end-papers and page-block edges slightly tanned)
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