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Black Out (Proof Copy)

Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London
1st printing. Publishers' uncorrected proof copy. Heavy 8vo. in colour printed stiff glossy card covers, 352pp
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy
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Yukio Mishima on Hagakure - the Samurai Ethic and Modern Japan

Condor Books / Souvenir Press, London
8vo in cloth, black lettering to spine, 166pp, illustrations in text,
A well preserved near FINE clean and tight copy ( inscription on front blank fly-leaf, hint of shelf rub to cover corner tips) in a VERY GOOD+ price-clipped Dust Jacket ( slightly nicked at base of spine panel, two barely visible short closed tear to top edge of front panel, looks fine in its protector)
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William Poel and the Elizabethan Revival

William Heinemann, London
8vo in bright red cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 302pp, plates, bibliography, index etc. This copy is from the collection of Michael Leverson Meyer (1921- 2000 translator, biographer, journalist and dramatist) and has his signature on the front fly-leaf
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy ( name on fly-leaf, page-block edges slightly tanned) in a spine tanned and slightly edge-nicked but otherwise VERY GOOD+ un-clipped Dust Jacket (looks fine in its protector)
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The Hairdressers of St Tropez

Mandarin, London
8vo paperback in die-cut glossy card covers with 2nd leaf colour photo on stiff glossy card. 236pp
VERY GOOD+, a well preserved very clean and tight copy (fslight shelf rub to cover edges, pages faintly tanned)
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Sylvia Plath - Letters Home - Correspondence 1950 - 1963

Faber & Faber, London
Thick, heavy 8vo. in grey cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 502pp, plates etc
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (slight tanning to front fly-leaf from a loosely inserted press review of this book dated 22 April 1976) in a FINE Dust Jacket
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Quentin and Philip - A Double Portrait (SIGNED COPY)

Macmillan, London
Thick, heavy 8vo. in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 559pp, plates, index. On Quentin Crisp and Philip O'Connor. Inscribed and signed (as Andrew) by the author on the title-page
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy ( thin sliver of slight creasing to spine ends, tiny creases to top cover corner tips) in an AS NEW Dust Jacket ( faintly creased at head of spine panel, looks new in its protector)
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The Dead (SIGNED COPY)

Puffin, London
1st printing. 8vo in colour printed glossy boards, 449pp. This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
almost AS NEW (slight reading crease to spine, barely noticeable mild soil to page-block fore-edge with very slight bleed to a few leaves)
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Dr Wortles School - A Novel (First Edition Volume I / One / 1 only)

Chapman & Hall, London
Volume 1 only. 8vo in the publishers original black embossed grey cloth, vi + 237pp, with pale yellow end-papers, first blank leaf, half title leaf, title-page, contents leaf, rear blank leaf (i.e. complete volume as issued)
VERY GOOD, a clean and tight copy
1st editionHardcover
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The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer

Oxford University Press, Oxford
Thick, heavy 4to. in blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 1002pp
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy ( pages slightly tanned ) in a slightly edge-nicked but otherwise VERY GOOD Dust Jacket (looks fine in its protector)
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Front Row - Evenings At the Theatre (SIGNED COPY)

Continuum, London
1st printing. 8vo in dark red faux cloth, silver lettering to spine. 214pp. This copy signed in ink with two pens (without dedication) by the author on the title-page with suffix 'The pen gave out' and small sketch of 2 flowers.
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy still close to new (faint shelf-rub to cover bottom edges) in an almost AS NEW Dust Jacket ( faintly edge-creased, looks new in its protector)
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Caryl Churchill

Routledge / Taylor Francis, London
8vo in photo illustrated stiff card covers, 208pp, bibliog, index
NEW unread copy
1st editionSoftcover
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A George Eliot Chronology

Macmillan, London
1st printing. 8vo in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 195pp, bibliog, index etc
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy (hint of tanning to leaves) in an AS NEW Dust Jacket
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The Laying on of Hands

Profile Books / London Review of Books, London
1st printing. Small 8vo. in red faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 110pp. First printing in book form
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy in an AS NEW Dust Jacket
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Coleridge - Select Poetry and Prose

Nonesuch Press, London
Thick 8vo in bevel-edged orange buckram covered boards, gilt lettering to spine, 844pp
A well preserved near FINE clean and tight copy (some very slight fading to cloth covers, page-block edges tanned, name on fly-leaf) in a dusty and slightly edge-nicked but otherwise VERY GOOD un-clipped Dust Jacket (looks very presentable in its protector)
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Age and Guile - Beat Youth Innocence and a Bad Haircut 1970 - 1995 (SIGNED COPY)

Picador, London
1st printing. 8vo in black faux cloth, silver lettering to spine., 341pp. Inscribed 'to Adam / F**k off!' signed and dated by the author (12/13/95 (sic)) on the half title leaf
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy (merest hint of tanning to leaves) in an AS NEW Dust Jacket
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Pen As Pencil - Drawings and Paintings by British Authors (Icc Antwerp 6 October - 4 November 1973 / Brussels 1 December - 26 January 1974)

Europalia 73, London
4to in stiff glossy card covers, unpaginated, approx. 100pp, plates etc.
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (name on fly-leaf)
1st editionSoftcover
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Selected Poems (SIGNED COPY)

Penguin, Harmondsworth
1st printing. 8vo in colour printed stiff card covers, 172pp. Presentation copy inscribed 'For Olwyn - with love' and signed Yehuda by author on the title-page (inscribed to Olwyn Hughes, sister to poet Ted Hughes)
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight unread copy (pages lightly tanned, top edge of page block slightly dusty)
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All Fall Down

Faber & Faber, London
8vo in patterned rust red faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 282pp
A well preserved VERY GOOD+ clean and tight copy (end leaves and page-block edges slightly tanned or foxed, thin sliver of very slight creasing to spine ends) in a lightly edge-chipped VERY GOOD- un-clipped Dust Jacket (dusty and tanned, looks very presentable in its protector)
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The Arte of English Poesie [June?] 1589

Published by the Editor, Southgate London N & 87 St Augustine Road, Camden Square, N W
8vo in decoratively blind embossed green cloth, gilt lettering to spine, red printed page-block edges, 320pp.
A well preserved near FINE clean and tight copy (name on front blank paste-down end-papers, spine ends slightly shelf rubbed, a few lines in the introduction only have been neatly underlined in a faint red pencil - cleanly erased when tested)
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English Pronunciation From the Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Century - A Handbook to the Study of Historical Grammar

Jm Dent, London
8vo in light blue cloth, black lettering to spine. 167pp, index
A well preserved near FINE clean and tight copy (thin sliver of sunning to head of spine, page-block edges and end-papers a little tanned) with an edge-rubbed GOOD only Dust Jacket loosely inserted (loose spine panel with 1 inch chips to each end)
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Lifes Handicap - Being Stories of Mine Own People

Macmillan & Co, London
Thick 8vo in blind and gilt embossed blue cloth, 351pp + 55pp publishers ads at rear dated May 1891 (making this the first issue)
VERY GOOD, a clean and tight copy (thin sliver of wear to bottom edge of spine, bottom cover corner tips bumped and a little creased, name on front paste-down end-paper and half title leaf with an elegant private bookplate on the front paste-down end-paper, page-block edges slightly tanned and faintly dusty)
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Die Vierzeiler Des Omar Chajjam - Ubersetzt Nach Der Bodley'schen Handschrift Von Walter Von Der Porten

Friederichsen, Hamburg
8vo in marine blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine and gilt design to front cover, 83pp on stiff Van Gelder paper. Limited edition of 1,000 copies
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy in a lightly foxed and slightly dusty VERY GOOD+ (few tiny edge-chips, looks fine in its protector)
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The Best of Myles - A Selection From Cruiskeen Lawn

Macgibbon & Kee, London
1st printing. 8vo in brown faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 400pp, line illustrations in text
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (name on fly-leaf, hint of tanning to leaves) in a very near FINE un-clipped Dust Jacket (slight tanning to spine panel, few tiny nicks to top edges, looks fine in its protector)
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Milton in America (SIGNED COPY)

1st printing. Sinclair-Stevenson, London
8vo in orange faux cloth, black lettering to spine. 276pp. This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW unread copy (pages slightly tanned) in an almost AS NEW Dust Jacket (front inner flap slightly creased at bottom corner tip, looks new in its protector)
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The Lighthouse (SIGNED COPY)

Faber and Faber, London
1st printing. Large 8vo in boards, white lettering to spine, 323pp. This copy signed by the author on the title-page and dated by her '17 oct. 2005' (no other inscriptions)
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (faint hint of tanning to leaves) in an AS NEW un-clipped Dust Jacket
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Beyond the Dragon's Mouth

Hamish Hamilton, London
1st printing. Octavo size (8vo). 424pp
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW unread copy (pages tanned, thin sliver of very slight creasing to bottom edge of spine) in a faintly edge-creased and very slightly spine sunned but otherwise FINE un-clipped Dust Jacket (looks new in its protector)
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Collected Poems

Carcanet New Press, Manchester / Viking, New York
1st printing. 8vo in dark blue faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 290pp
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (pages tanned) in a spine sunned but otherwise FINE un-clipped Dust Jacket (the jacket for this book is very prone to fading even when not in bright sunlight)
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Engleby (SIGNED COPY)

Hutchinson, London
8vi in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 342pp. This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
FINE, a well preserved and very clean and tight copy (pages faintly tanned) in a very faintly edge-creased but otherwise FINE un-clipped Dust Jacket
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Complete Verse - Including Sonnets and Verse, Cautionary Verses, the Modern Traveller etc

Duckworth, London
8vo in blue faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 296pp
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy (mis-fold to rear end-paper - a minor production flaw) in an almost AS NEW Dust Jacket (spine panel faintly sunned)
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P G Wodehouse - A Life in Letters

Hutchinson, London
1st printing. Thick, heavy 8vo in grey faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 602pp, plates, bibliography, index
NEW unread copy in NEW Dust Jacket
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