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The Spectator - Volume the First to Volume the Eighth (8 Vols Complete)

Payne, Rivington, Davis, Longman, Dodsley ..... Macqueen, & Newbury, London
All 8 volumes bound in contemporary full tree calf, gilt edging to all covers, marbled end-papers, each with engraved frontispiece and index at rear.
All volumes with thin sliver of wear to spine ends and very mildly worn cover corner tips, most gilt printed black spine labels lost but remaining blind embossed spine lettering is clear. Aside from this all volumes are in fine condition, pages still very clean and tight, binding very firm. A nice set
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The History Boys (SIGNED COPY)

Faber & Faber, London
1st printing. 8vo in black boards, white lettering to spine, 109pp. This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
A well preserved almost AS NEW unread copy in an almost AS NEW complete Dust Jacket (flat crease to rear inner flap, looks fine in its removable transparent protector)
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Joseph Anton - A Memoir (SIGNED COPY)

Jonathan Cape, London
1st Printing. Thick, heavy 8vo. in purple boards, silver lettering to spine, 636pp. This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
An almost AS NEW unread copy (slight tanning to top edge of page block) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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The Laying on of Hands (SIGNED COPY)

Profile Books, London
1st printing thus. Small 8vo. in stiff card covers, 110pp. First publication in book form (originally appeared in the London Review of Books in 2001), this copy is signed by Alan Bennett on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy
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Eothen - Or Traces From Travel Brought Home From the East

Sampson Low, Marston, London
Thick 4to in brown cloth, black lettering to spine and front cover, 306pp on thick paper, title-page and head pieces in b/w plus 12 full page colour plates each with tissue guard (collated complete). Presentation bookplate on front paste-down end-paper dated 1937
A well preserved VERY GOOD+ clean and tight copy (page-block edges tanned, very slight soil to spine)
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The Poor Mouth (An Beal Bocht) - A bad story about the hard life - Edited by Myles na Gopaleen

Hart-davis Macgibbon, London
1st printing thus. Large 8vo in marbled brown paper covered boards, gilt lettering and decoration to spine, illustrated end-papers, 128pp on stiff paper illustrations in text. The first English translation to be published
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (small ink name, dated 1974 on blank verso of front fly-leaf, page-block edges slightly tanned) in a slightly tanned but otherwise FINE complete Dust Jacket. A nice copy
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An African Elegy (SIGNED COPY)

Jonathan Cape, London
8vo in stiff glossy card covers, 84pp. Inscribed and signed by author on the title-page
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW unread copy (hint of tanning to leaves). An excellent copy
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Salt Water (SIGNED COPY)

Faber & Faber, London
8vo in colour printed stiff card covers, 112pp. This copy signed by the author on the on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW unread copy (merest hint of tanning to leaves, minute flat crease to bottom corner tip of front cover)
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The Endurance of Frankenstein - Essays on Mary Shelley's Novel

University of California Press
Large 8vo in colour printed stiff glossy card covers, 341pp, illustrations in text, bibliog, index
A well preserved near FINE very clean and tight copy (neat highlighting to two adjacent leaves only)
1st editionSoftcover
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The Uncommon Reader (SIGNED COPY)

Faber & Faber, London
1st Printing. Small 8vo in bright red faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 124pp. This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
A well preserved AS NEW unread copy in an AS NEW Dust Jacket
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Joseph Conrad - A Personal Remembrance

Duckworth, London
1st printing. 8vo in dark green cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 256pp, portrait frontispiece
VERY GOOD+, a well preserved and very clean and tight copy (page-block edges lightly foxed or tanned, very slight blooming or sunning to rear cover margins). A nice copy
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Grace and Mary (SIGNED COPY)

Sceptre, London
8vo in dark blue faux cloth, 249pp. This copy inscribed 'Good wishes / Wigton 2013' and signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
AS NEW in an AS NEW Dust Jacket
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The Eye of the Beholder

Hulton Press, London
Large 8vo in pale green cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 312pp, plates, index
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy in a very slightly edge-nicked but otherwise near FINE price-clipped Dust Jacket (looks fine in its removable transparent protector)
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Medieval Boundaries - Rethinking Difference in Old French Literature

University of Pennsylvania Press
8vo in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 312pp, bibliog, index etc
NEW unread copy in NEW Dust Jacket
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Undiscovered Country

Faber & Faber, London
1st printing. 8vo in photo illustrated stiff card covers, 94pp
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight unread copy (slight tanning to cover and leaves). An excellent copy
1st editionSoftcover
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What They Did in Dublin with the Ginger Man

MacGibbon & Kee, London
1st printing. 8vo in patterned blue faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 156pp
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (pages slightly tanned) in a slightly spine sunned and very faintly dusty but otherwise FINE complete Dust Jacket (looks very presentable indeed in its removable transparent protector)
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The Diaries of Franz Kafka Volume Two / Vol 2 1914 - 1923

Secker & Warburg, London
1st printing. 8vo in blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 343pp
A well preserved near FINE very clean and tight copy (spine a little faded and slightly soiled) in a mildly tanned and very slightly edge-rubbed but otherwise FINE complete Dust Jacket
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Slang To-day and Yesterday - with a short historical sketch and vocabularies of English American and Australian Slang (today)

George Routledge & Sons, London
Large thick 8vo in red cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 476pp, index etc
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (page-block edges slightly foxed or tanned) in a spine tanned, slightly foxed and slightly edge-nicked but otherwise VERY GOOD Dust Jacket (looks very presentable in its protector). An unusually nice copy
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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The Queen of Four Kingdoms (SIGNED COPY)

Constable, London
1st printing. Large 8vo in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 371pp. This copy signed by the author (as Marie Christine) on an armorial bookplate on the half title leaf. (no other inscriptions)
NEW unread copy in NEW complete Dust Jacket
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Quicksilver (SIGNED COPY)

Constable, London
Large 8vo in red faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 308pp. This copy signed by the author (as Marie Christine) on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
NEW unread copy in NEW complete Dust Jacket
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The Poetical Works of William Cowper

William P Nimmo, Edinburgh
Small thick 8vo bound in full decoratively gilt embossed red Morocco leather, marbled end-papers, all page-block edges gilt, xxviii + 483pp, colour printed title leaf, plus 2nd engraved title-page with portrait frontispiece, full page engraved plates, etc (collated complete). This is the first Nimmo edition, published in Edinburgh in 1869 (all subsequent editions were published in London and or dated on the title-page. This copy has an elegant inscription dated 1875 on the 2nd blank fly-leaf.
A well preserved VERY GOOD+ clean and tight copy
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Writing Home (SIGNED COPY)

Faber & Faber, London
1st printing. Large 8vo in very dark blue faux cloth, white lettering to spine. 417pp, plates, index. This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight unread or barely read copy (thin sliver of very slight creasing to spine ends, hint of tanning to leaves) in a FINE Dust Jacket (minute speck of shelf rub to flap fold corner tips, looks new in its protector)
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Raising Steam

Doubleday, London
1st printing. Large 8vo in black boards, silver lettering to spine, 374pp
An AS NEW unread copy (hint of tanning to leaves) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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Grand Hotel

Geoffrey Bles, London
1st printing. 8vo in steel blue cloth, black lettering to spine and front cover, 315pp
VERY GOOD+, a well preserved and very clean and tight copy (spine very slightly tanned, slight foxing or tanning to end-papers, tiny slight crease to head of spine). An unusually nice copy
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The Boy Who Followed Ripley

Heinemann, London
1st printing. 8vo in light blue faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 291pp
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (hint of tanning to leaves, top edge of page block faintly dusty) in a very faintly edge-creased but otherwise FINE complete Dust Jacket (minute and barely visible closed tear to top corner tip of rear flap fold, looks almost as new in its protector)
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The Cinder Path (SIGNED COPY)

Faber & Faber, London
1st printing. Slim 8vo in blue boards, silver lettering to spine, 58pp. Inscribed and signed by author (as Andrew) on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
NEW unread copy in NEW complete Dust Jacket
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Here to Eternity - An Anthology of Poetry

Faber & Faber, London
Thick 8vo in blue faux cloth, white lettering to spine. 402pp
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy (merest hint of tanning to leaves) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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Keeping On Keeping On (SIGNED COPY)

Faber & Faber / Profile Books, London
Thick 8vo in colour printed stiff card covers, 539pp, colour plates, index. This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
NEW unread copy
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People (SIGNED COPY)

Faber & Faber, London
1st printing. 8vo in brown boards, gilt lettering to spine, 76pp. This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
NEW unread copy (tiny slight bump to top corner tip of front cover) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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Telling Tales (SIGNED COPY)

Bbc Worldwide, London
8vo in black faux cloth, silver lettering to spine. 93pp on stiff paper, illustrations in text. This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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