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Breathing Underwater

Sylph Editions, London
Extra Large 4to. in stiff card covers, unpaginated, approx. 80pp
NEW unread copy
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Human Chain

Faber & Faber, London
1st printing. 8vo in burgundy red boards, gilt lettering to spine, 85pp
NEW unread copy in NEW complete Dust Jacket
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Escape From the Shadows - Robin Maugham - His Autobiography

Hodder & Stoughton, London
1st printing. Large 8vo in black faux-leather covered boards, gilt lettering to spine, 278pp, plates, index
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (page-block edges slightly tanned) in a very slightly edge-rubbed and slightly tanned but otherwise FINE complete Dust Jacket (looks fine in its removable transparent protector)
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Madmen and Specialists

Methuen, London
8vo in stiff glossy card covers, 77pp plus publishers ads at rear.
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy ( few spots of slight shelf rub to cover edges, hint of tanning to leaves, price neatly inked out on rear cover)
1st editionSoftcover
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The Story Teller (publishers' Uncorrected Proof Copy )

Peter Owen, London
8vo proof copy in pale green paper wraps (now mostly a light tan colour), 285pp
VERY GOOD+, a well preserved clean and tight copy (mild tanning to exteriors and prelims)
1st editionSoftcover
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Angels and Insects (SIGNED COPY)

Chatto & Windus, London
1st printing. Large 8vo in bright red faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 292pp. This copy signed by the author on the title-page with a non-authorial inscription above it at the top of the title-page
Pages tanned else an extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy in an AS NEW price-clipped Dust Jacket
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Finnegans Wake

Faber & Faber, London
8vo in rust red cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 628pp plus 28pp 'corrections of misprints' at rear. This is the first reprint, and first issue thus, many leaves still unopened
A well preserved near FINE very clean and tight copy (hint of sunning to spine, slight push to bottom cover corner tips, pages very slightly tanned, neat inscription on front blank fly-leaf - dated 1946)
1st editionHardcover
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

David Fickling Books, London
1st printing. 8vo in bright red faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 271pp. Published same day as Jonathan Cape 'adults' version
A well preserved AS NEW unread copy in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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The White Hotel (1st Printing)

Victor Gollancz, London
1st Impression. 8vo in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 240pp
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW very clean and tight unread or barely read copy (merest hint of tanning to leaves) in a very faintly tanned but otherwise AS NEW complete Dust Jacket. An excellent copy
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George Du Maurier

Routledge & Kegan Paul, London
Thick, very heavy 8vo in green cloth, 516pp, plates in colour and b/w, index etc
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW unread copy (hint of tanning to leaves) in a very near FINE complete Dust Jacket (hint of sunning to spine, slight shelf rub to spine panel ends). An excellent copy
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True to the Old Flag- A Tale of the American War of Independence

Scribner and Welford, New York
Thick 8vo in black and gilt illustrated brown boards, bevel edges, 390pp, frontispiece plus 11 other full page plates, 12pp publishers ads at rear. This is an early edition of this title, both the plates and the printed text are extremely sharp and very clear (plates tended to wear quickly with use making the text in later printings increasingly fuzzy edged)
VERY GOOD+, a well preserved clean and tight copy (mild shelf rub to cover corner tips and spine ends, slight foxing to end leaves, mild partial splitting to end-papers at inner hinges, binding still very strong as the webbing below is unaffected)
Hardcover
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A Writer's Diary

Hogarth Press, London
1st printing. 8vo in orange cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 372pp, bibliography, index.
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (pages slightly tanned, inscription on front blank fly-leaf dated 1953, hint of shelf rub to cover bottom edges) in a lightly edge-chipped and tanned but otherwise VERY GOOD complete Dust Jacket (looks very presentable in its removable transparent protector)
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The Earlier Life and Chief Earlier Works of Daniel Defoe

George Routledge, London
8vo in green cloth, gilt lettering and design to spine and front cover, 446pp publishers ads at rear.
VERY GOOD+, a well preserved and very clean and tight copy (pages slightly tanned, slight shelf rub to spine ends). A very nice copy
Hardcover
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To the Land of the Living

Gollancz, London
1st printing. 8vo in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 308pp
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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Horizon A Review of Literature and Art - Volume Iv / Vol 4 - No 19 July 1941

Horizon, London
8vo in stiff card covers, 72pp
A well preserved near FINE clean and tight copy (spine and cover margins tanned, minute chip to top bottom corner tip of front cover and top corner tip of rear cover)
1st editionSoftcover
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The Trials of Oscar Wilde

William Hodge, London (Notable British Trials series)
Octavo size (8vo) in rust cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 384pp
VERY GOOD, a well preserved clean and tight copy (page-block edges slightly tanned, spine a little sunned and slightly creased)
Hardcover
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The Complete Poems of C P Cavafy

Hogarth Press, London
1st UK printing. 8vo in pale blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 234pp
VERY GOOD, a well preserved clean and tight copy (slight sunning to cover bottom edges, faint bow to front cover) in a tanned and lightly edge-nicked but otherwise VERY GOOD complete Dust Jacket (looks very presentable in its removable transparent protector)
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Madmen and Specialists

Methuen, London
8vo in stiff glossy card covers, 77pp plus publishers ads at rear.
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight unread copy (merest hint of tanning to leaves)
1st editionSoftcover
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James Joyce - A Biography

Phoenix, London
Very thick 8vo in colour printed stiff card covers, 608pp, plates, index etc
NEW unread copy (merest hint of tanning to leaves)
1st editionSoftcover
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Soul Doubt - Lear - A Mythconception - Bloody Heart (SIGNED COPY)

Diehard, Edinburgh
1st printing. 8vo in illustrated stiff card covers, 66pp. inscribed 'Best wishes' and signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy
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One Dinner A Week and Travels in the East - reprinted from - All the Year Round - Conducted by Charles Dickens

Peter Marcan Publications, High Wycombe
Small 8vo. in illustrated stiff glossy card covers. 141pp, complete Facsimile of 1884 first edition
NEW unread copy (merest hint of tanning to covers)
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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 clean and tight unread copy (slight sunning to spine, pages very slightly tanned, few spots of slight shelf rub to cover edges)
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The Ipcress File (1st Edition 2nd Impression)

Hodder & Stoughton, London
2nd Impression. 8vo in bright orange faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 223pp. This copy belonged to Michael Kustow (theatre and film producer and writer) and has his ink signature on the front blank fly-leaf
A well preserved near FINE clean and tight copy (thin sliver of slight creasing to spine ends, pages very slightly tanned, one leaf creased at very top corner tip - from turning, now lays flat)
1st editionHardcover
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To Mardi Gras Wit Love (SIGNED COPY)

Sheken Publishing, Los Angeles
8vo in colour printed stiff glossy card covers, 229pp. Inscribed and signed by author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy
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The Swan in the Evening - Fragments of An Inner Life

Collins, London
8vo in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 168pp. Re-issue, first published in 1967
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (hint of tanning to leaves) in a FINE complete Dust Jacket
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Luxury Amnesia (SIGNED COPY)

Faber & Faber, London
1st printing. 8vo in stiff card covers, with dust jacket, 210pp. 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 Dust Jacket. An excellent copy
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Stories of the 90's ('90s) - A Biographical Anthology

John Baker
1st printing. 253pp, 7pp plates
FINE, a very clean and tight copy (tiny slight bump to bottom corner tip of front cover) in a lightly edge-rubbed VERY GOOD price-clipped Dust Jacket with small chip to top edge of rear panel, looks fine in its removable transparent protector)
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An Old Mans Love

Folio Society, London
1st printing thus. 8vo in quarter red cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 172pp
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy in an AS NEW slip-case. An excellent copy
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He Knew He Was Right

Folio Society, London
1st printing thus. Thick, heavy 8vo. in quarter red cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 823pp
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy in an AS NEW slip-case. An excellent copy
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Suspense

Dent, London
1st printing. 8vo in dark red cloth, gilt lettering to spine, frontispiece, ix + 303pp, 4pp publishers ads at rear. 1st printing of Conrad's last novel
A well preserved VERY GOOD+ clean and tight little used copy (very slight tanning or foxing to end-papers and page-block edges)
1st editionHardcover
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