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Le Avventure Di Pinocchio - Storia Di Un Burattino (Signed, hand coloured limited edition)

Giulio Giannini & Figlio, Firenze
8vo, 151pp. Every page has small line drawings by Giulio Giannini in the outer margins and this is No. 189 of 300 copies, signed by him which have simple hand colouring to most of these drawings. This edition is finely bound in red and blue patterned paper covered boards and is housed within a matching card slip-case
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (hint of sunning to spine) in a slightly tanned but otherwise almost AS NEW slip-case. An excellent copy
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The Russian Empire - A Portrait in Photographs

Jonathan Cape, London
Large, very heavy 4to in red cloth backed boards, gilt embossed spine and front cover, 345pp, mainly captioned photos. This copy belonged to Jonathan Miller (theatre and opera director, actor, author, television presenter, humourist, and 14 time captain of the England Giant Marrow Champions Allotment League) and has his ink signature on the front blank fly-leaf
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (page-block edges slightly tanned, minute speck of rub to bottom corner tip of front cover) in a lightly edge-nicked VERY GOOD+ complete Dust Jacket (looks fine in its protector)
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The Proud Highway - Saga of A Desperate Southern Gentleman 1955 - 1967 - the Fear Loathing Letters Volume 1

Bloomsbury, London
1st printing. Thick, heavy 8vo. in black faux cloth, white lettering to spine. 683pp, index etc
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW unread copy (page-block edges slightly tanned) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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In the Heart of the British Museum

Marion Boyars, London (Playscript 65)
1st printing. 8vo in stiff glossy card covers, 111pp, illustrations in text, glossary at rear
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (few spots of slight shelf rub to cover edges, pages very slightly tanned)
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Mothers and Daughters - A Comedy in Five Acts - As performed at the Thteatre Royal, Covent Garden on the 24th of January 1843 (Dicks' Standard Plays No. 616)

John Dick, 313 Strand, London
8vo in original steel engraved wrappers, 26pp play-text plus 4pp adverts at rear, complete as issued. John Thomas Dicks (1818 - 1881) issued cheap reprints of popular fiction and plays. It's difficult to pin down the precise publication date for this play, but is circa 1879
VERY GOOD, a well preserved clean and tight copy (some mild foxing, front cover a little edge-chipped and partly split at spine fold)
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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Signed Limited Edition)

Doubleday / Goldsboro Books, London
8vo in thick boards housed within a colour printed thick card slip-case (as issued). 296pp. No. 98 of 500 copies, inscribed and signed by author on the title-page
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These Things Also Are Spring's

Folio Press, London
Large 8vo, moire silk cloth backed marbled paper covered boards, top edge gilt, 70pp printed in green and black on Van Gelder mould-made paper
FINE, a well preserved and very clean and tight copy in the original clear plastic wrapper
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Graham Greene Country - Visited by Paul Hogarth - Foreword and Commentary by Graham Greene

Pavilion, London
Very Large landscape 4to. in orange cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 173pp on thick glossy art paper, illustrated in colour throughout
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (merest hint of tanning to leaves) in an almost AS NEW complete Dust Jacket (tiny closed tear to bottom corner tip of rear flap fold, looks new in its protector)
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Isaac Rosenberg 1890- 1918 (A Poet Painter of the First World War) Word and Image VI

National Book League, London
4to in colour printed stiff card covers 29pp text plus 24pp plates
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Have You Been Good? A Memoir (SIGNED COPY)

Granta, London
1st printing. 8vo in red boards, silver lettering to spine, 311pp. This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
NEW unread copy in NEW Dust Jacket
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Thomas Hardy - The Time-Torn Man (SIGNED COPY)

Viking, London
Thick, heavy 8vo. in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 486pp, plates, bibliography, index etc. This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy (pages slightly tanned) in an AS NEW price-clipped Dust Jacket
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Crossing Black Waters

Working Press
1st printing. Large Quarto size (4to). in stiff glossy card covers, semi-transparent end-papers and overlays, 87pp, colour plates, etc. Essays, fiction and artists interviews and essays
VERY GOOD, a clean and tight copy (mild cover edge-rub, small red ink blot to blank margin of one leaf with very slight bleed to page-block fore-edge)
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The Soldiers Art

Heinemann, London
8vo in red cloth, black panelled gilt lettering to spine, 227pp
A well preserved FINE clean and tight copy (name on fly-leaf, mild foxing or tanning to page-block edges) in a slightly tanned and slightly edge-rubbed but otherwise VERY GOOD complete Dust Jacket (looks very presentable in its protector)
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The English Romance in Time - Transforming Motifs From Geoffrey of Monmouth to the Death of Shakespeare

Oxford University Press, Oxford
Thick, heavy 8vo. in black cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 542pp, bibliog, index
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (tiny flat crease to top corner tip of 4 or 5 leaves from poor handling) in an AS NEW Dust Jacket
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This Room in the Sunlight - Collected Poems (SIGNED COPY)

David Paul, London
1st printing. 8vo in photo illustrated stiff card covers, 133pp. This copy inscribed and signed by the author on the half title leaf
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy
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The Haw Lantern

Faber & Faber, London
1st printing. 8vo in bright red faux cloth, silver lettering to spine. 51pp
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (pages tanned, minuscule 1mm bump to bottom corner tip of front cover) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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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
1st Printing. Small 8vo in bright red faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 124pp
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy in an AS NEW Dust Jacket
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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 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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