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The Picture of Dorian Gray - A Moral Entertainment

Faber & Faber, London
8vo in stiff card covers with integral glossy paper wrappers, 94pp
A well preserved near FINE clean and tight copy (covers very slightly dusty, mild small and slight crease to top corner tip of front cover, minute nick to bottom edge of rear wrapper panel)
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Fates Worse Than Death - An Autobiographical Collage of the 1980s

Jonathan Cape, London
1st printing. Large 8vo in bright yellow faux cloth, 240pp
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread sparkling bright copy in an AS NEW Dust Jacket. An excellent copy
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The Ministry of Fear - An Entertainment

Heinemann, London.
1st printing. 8vo in publisher's original pale yellow cloth, 236pp
VERY GOOD+, a well preserved clean and tight copy (spine dusty, covers only slightly so, page-block edges tanned, tiny dark spot on fore-edge of front - an imperfection to the wartime paper stock)
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The Railway Man (SIGNED COPY)

Jonathan Cape, London
3rd Impression. Large 8vo in red faux cloth, black lettering to spine. 276pp. made into a film of the same name in 2013 (Colin Firrth, Nicole Kidman). This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (minute bump to top edge of front cover) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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The Uncommon Reader

Faber & Faber, London
Sm8 in bright red faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 124pp
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Possession - A Romance (SIGNED COPY)

Chatto & Windus, London
5th Impression. Large 8vo in blue faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 511pp. This copy signed by the author on a 'Sunday Times - Booker Prize Shortlist' bookplate on the half title leaf
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (pages a little tanned) in a FINE complete Dust Jacket (faintly edge-creased, looks new in its protector)
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Edward Thomas - A Portrait

Oxford University Press, Oxford
1st printing. 8vo in black cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 331pp, plates, bibliography, index etc
An extremely well preserved AS NEW copy in an almost AS NEW Dust Jacket (hint of sunning to spine panel, looks new in its protector)
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Oscar Wilde

Eyre Methuen, London
1st printing. Large 8vo in decoratively brown and gilt embossed orange cloth, 410pp, plates, bibliography, index etc
A well preserved near FINE clean and tight copy ( faint shelf-rub to cover bottom edges) in a faintly edge-creased but otherwise FINE price-clipped Dust Jacket (looks fine in its protector)
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Browning Poetical Works 1833 - 1864

Oxford University Press, Oxford,
Bound in full blue 'Leatherex' (a realistic faux leather) with gilt embossed lettering and rule to spine and covers, 952pp in a very readable typeface.
An extremely well preserved AS NEW copy (hint of sunning to top edge of page block) in a VERY GOOD+ matching card slip-case (a little rubbed to spine ends)
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The Older Hardy

Heinemann, London
Large 8vo in black cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 244pp, plates, bibliography, index. This copy is from the collection of Michael Meyer (1921- 2000 translator, biographer, journalist and dramatist) and has his signature on the front fly-leaf.
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (page-block edges slightly tanned) in a moderately spine sunned but otherwise FINE Dust Jacket
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Young Thomas Hardy

Heinemann, London
1st printing. Large 8vo in rust red cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 259pp, plates, bibliography, index etc. This copy is from the collection of Michael 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 in not far from new condition (hint of sunning to top edge) in an FINE complete Dust Jacket (slight sunning to spine panel, minute and barely visible nick to base of spine panel at rear tip, looks new in its protector)
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Dr Syntax's Three Tours in Search of the Picturesque, Consolation and A Wife

John Camden Hotten, London
Thick, heavy 8vo. in the publishers' original blind and gilt embossed green cloth, 354pp plus 80 full page coloured plates by Rowlandson. With 19pp publishers ads at rear dated 1869, making this the first printing of this first combined single volume edition (the Murray edition which sometimes carried the date of 1869 was actually published after 1870)
A well preserved VERY GOOD and still strongly bound copy with almost none of the usual loosening (small spot of very slight wear to bottom cover corner tips, few minute nicks to cloth at spine ends, scattered mild tanning or soil to fore-edge blank margins of a few plates and only very slightly so to a few leaves) A more than presentable copy
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The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley - Including Materials Never Before Printed in Any Edition of the Poems

Henry Frowde, Oxford University Press, London.
Heavy 8vo bound in full red leather, gilt rules covers, top edge gilt, decoratively gilt embossed spine with 5 raised bands, matching red marbled end-papers, 912pp
VERY GOOD+, a well preserved clean and tight copy (mild rub to extremities, covers faintly dusty and very slightly marked, page-block edges very slightly tanned). A nice copy in a very presentable binding
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The Men of the Nineties

Henry Danielson, London
8vo in steel grey paper covered boards, printed paper labels to spine and front cover, 145pp, index.
A well preserved near VERY GOOD clean and tight copy (spine and page-block edges slightly tanned, covers and top edge of page block slightly dusty, tiny and very slight push to cover corner tips, inscription on front blank fly-leaf dated 1930)
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Sex and the Black Machine

Avernus Creative Media, London
1st printing. Quarto size (4to) in illustrated stapled paper wraps. Unpaginated, approx. 20pp. An Aldiss 'cutup' of prose, poetry and collage printed on newsprint stock paper
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (slightly tanned)
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The Virginians - A Tale of the Last Century

Smith, Elder & Co, London
2 volumes, complete. Bound in uniform decoratively blind and gilt embossed green cloth, bevel edges, 457pp and 451pp. Each with engraved frontispiece and title-page, plus plain printed title-page and 22 full page steel engraved plates on thicker paper, 44 in all, and some illustrations in text (all by Thackeray). This was published as a stand-alone novel and is not part of a numbered set (these came later).
An extremely well preserved VERY GOOD+ clean and tight set (slight shelf rub to cover corner tips, few tiny nicks to cloth at spine ends, ink name on blank verso of front fly-leaves, slight splitting to spine fold of front end-papers of volume one but with no weakening or loosening, the bindings are both still very strong). Overall and attractive set in very nice condition
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Crossing the Lines (SIGNED COPY)

Sceptre, London
2nd Impression. Thick, heavy 8vo. in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 490pp. Inscribed and signed by author on the title-page
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW unread copy ( pages slightly tanned, thin sliver of very slight creasing to spine ends) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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A Room of Ones Own

Leonard and Virginia Woolf At the Hogarth Press, London.
1st printing. Small 8vo. in brown cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 172pp
A well preserved VERY GOOD+ clean and tight copy (spine slightly dusty and a little sunned, end-papers and page-block edges tanned, minute inscription on the front blank fly-leaf dated 1932, very slight push to bottom corner tip of front cover).
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The Pilgrims Progress (Facsimile of first editions of 1678 and 1684 )

Ducimus Books, London
Thick small 8vo in brown boards, silver lettering to spine, both books in one: 266pp plus 205pp, complete facsimile of first editions of 1678 and 1684
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy ( top edge of page block slightly dusty) in an almost AS NEW Dust Jacket ( faintly dusty, minute nick to top edge of rear panel, looks fine in its protector)
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Iris - A Memoir of Iris Murdoch (SIGNED COPY)

Duckworth, London
Large 8vo in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 189pp. This copy signed by John Bayley on the front blank fly-leaf (no other inscriptions)
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy in an AS NEW Dust Jacket (merest hint of tanning to inner flaps)
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Untold Stories (SIGNED COPY)

Faber & Faber, London
2nd Impression. Thick, heavy 8vo. in green boards, white lettering to spine, 658pp. 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 Dust Jacket. An excellent copy
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21 Picador Authors Celebrate - 21 Years of Outstanding International Writing (SIGNED BY SEVEN OF THE CONTRIBUTORS)

Picador, London,
8vo in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 281pp. This copy signed by Colm Toibin, Russell Hoban, Christopher Hope, Julian Barnes, Tama Janowitz, Clive James and Graham Swift on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy ( top edge of page block faintly dusty) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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Anthills of the Savannah

Heinemann, London
1st printing. 8vo in light tan faux cloth, silver lettering to spine. 233pp
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy in an AS NEW Dust Jacket (barely noticeable minute faint crease to bottom corner tip of front cover from slight bumping)
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Sacred Hunger (SIGNED COPY of the 1st Edition, 4th impression)

Hamish Hamilton, London
4th iImpression . Thick, heavy 8vo. in black faux cloth, white lettering to spine. 629pp. This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy in not far from new condition ( pages slightly tanned) in a slightly spine sunned and very slightly edge-nicked but otherwise FINE complete Dust Jacket (looks very presentable in its protector)
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Sweeney Astray

Faber & Faber, London
1st printing of the Faber edition. 8vo in stiff card covers, 86pp
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy (merest hint of tanning to leaves)
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Songs of the Doomed - More Notes on the Death of the American Dream - Gonzo Papers Vol / Volume 3

Summit Books, New York
1st printing. 8vo in red cloth backed boards, silver lettering to spine, 315pp
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (hint of tanning to leaves) in an almost AS NEW complete Dust Jacket ( barely noticeable short closed tear to bottom corner tip of front flap fold, looks new in its protector)
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Collected Shorter Poems 1927 - 1957

Faber & Faber, London
1st printing. 8vo in blue cloth, silver lettering to spine. 351pp
A well preserved near FINE clean and tight copy (slight shelf-rub to bottom edge of spine, page-block edges faintly dusty) in a tanned and moderately soiled VERY GOOD- complete Dust Jacket (looks very presentable in its protector)
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The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell - Volume I / Vol 1 - An Age Like This 1920 - 1940

Secker and Warburg, London
1st printing. Heavy 8vo. in blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 574pp, frontispiece, index etc
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy in a FINE complete Dust Jacket (faintly dusty and very faintly edge-creased, looks fine in its protector). An excellent copy
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The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell - Volume II / Vol 2 - My Country Right or Left 1940 - 1943

Secker and Warburg, London
1st printing. Heavy 8vo. in blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 477pp, frontispiece, index etc
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (minute bump to bottom edge of rear cover) in a FINE complete Dust Jacket (faintly dusty and very faintly edge-creased, looks fine in its protector). An excellent copy
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The World, the World (SIGNED copy with ALS)

Henry Holt, New York
1st printing. Large 8vo in purple boards, black spine and gilt lettering to spine, 293pp. Inscribed and signed (as Norman) by author on the half title leaf PLUS a handwritten letter from the author on his headed notepaper signed 'Norman' (approx 140 words) which was sent with the book in 1997.
Bottom cover fore-corner tips slightly creased from bumping else FINE, a well preserved and very clean and tight copy in a slightly edge-creased but otherwise FINE Dust Jacket (looks fine in its protector)
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