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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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Jonathan Swift - A Hypocrite Reversed - A Critical Biography

Oxford University Press, Oxford
8vo in blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 427pp, index
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Joseph Chamberlain - Entrepreneur in Politics

Yale University Press, New Haven and London
1st printing. Thick, heavy 8vo. in red cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 725pp, portrait frontispiece, bibliog, index etc
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy in a NEW Dust Jacket (hint of sunning to spine panel, looks new in its protector)
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Pilate - the Biography of An Invented Man (SIGNED COPY)

Jonathan Cape, London
1st printing. Heavy, large 8vo. in black faux cloth, silver lettering to spine. 381pp, bibliography at rear. Inscribed and signed by Wroe (as Ann) on the title-page
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Boy - Tales of Childhood.

Jonathan Cape, London
1st printing. Large 8vo in dark blue faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 160pp, illustrations in text
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy (merest hint of tanning to leaves) in an almost AS NEW Dust Jacket (slight and barely visible edge-creaseing, looks new in its protector). An excellent copy
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Hitler - 1889 - 1936 - Hubris (SIGNED COPY)

Allen Lane / Penguin Press, London
1st printing. Thick, very heavy 8vo in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 845pp, plates, bibliography, index etc. This copy signed by Ian Kershaw on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
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W S Gilbert - A Classic Victorian and His Theatre

Oxford University Press, Oxford
1st printing. Heavy, large 8vo. in black cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 374pp, plates, bibliography, index
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy in not far from new condition ( name on fly-leaf) in a slightly spine sunned but otherwise FINE un-clipped Dust Jacket (looks almost as new in its protector)
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Blondel's Song - the Capture Imprisonment and Ransom of Richard the Lionheart (SIGNED COPY)

Viking / Penguin, London
1st printing. Large 8vo in burgundy faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 369pp, plates, bibliography, index etc. Inscribed and signed by author on the title-page
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW unread copy (hint of tanning to leaves, thin sliver of very slight creasing to spine ends) in an AS NEW un-clipped Dust Jacket
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Later Auden

Farrar Straus and Giroux, New York
1st printing. Heavy, large 8vo. in burgundy cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 570pp, notes, index etc
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Samuel Beckett - An Exhibition - Held at Reading University Library May to July 1971 (And Touring)

Turret Books, London
Tall 8vo. in black cloth, silver lettering to spine. 123pp, plates etc.
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy in not far from new condition (hint of tanning to page-block edges) in a near FINE price-clipped Dust Jacket (two tiny nicks to top edges, looks fine in its protector)
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Life, Times and Recorded Works of Robert Dighton (1752 - 1814 ) Actor, Artist and Printseller - and Three of His Artist Sons - Portrayers of Georgian Pageantry and Wit

Dennis Rose / Element Books, Tisbury
4to in black faux leather, gilt lettering to spine and front cover, 95pp on glossy art paper plates, bibliography, etc.
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (hint of tanning to leaves) in a slightly edge-nicked but otherwise near FINE Dust Jacket (looks fine in its protector)
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Bruce Chatwin (SIGNED COPY)

Harvill Press, London
1st printing. Thick, heavy 8vo. in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 591pp, plates, index etc. This copy signed by the author, Nicholas Shakespeare, on the title-page
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight unread copy (almost invisible inscription on front blank fly-leaf - black ink on black paper!, page-block edges very faintly tanned) in a FINE Dust Jacket ( faintly edge-creased, looks new in its protector)
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Theatrical Companion to Shaw - A Pictorial record of the first performances of the plays of George Bernard Shaw

Rockliff, London
Large, tall 8vo in bright red cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 343pp, plates 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 (pages slightly tanned) in a slightly edge-nicked and slightly dusty but otherwise VERY GOOD un-clipped Dust Jacket (spine lightly tanned, looks very presentable in its protector)
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Drama - its Costume and Decor

Studio Publications, London
Large tall 8vo in red and black printed boards, 276pp, numerous plates, bibliog, index etc
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy in a slightly edge-nicked and slightly sun faded but otherwise VERY GOOD+ un-clipped Dust Jacket (looks fine in its protector). An excellent copy
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Seventeen Years in Paris - A Chaplains Story

Baines & Scarsbrook, London
8vo in green cloth, gilt lettering to spine and front cover, 146pp, portrait frontispiece, plates
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (moderate scattered foxing to leaves and page-block edges, top edge of page block slightly dusty)
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John Gabriel Borkman - d'Henrik Ibsen - Une mise en scene de Luc Bondy

Odeon - Theatre De L'europe, Solin
Large heavy 4to. in colour printed stiff card covers, 159pp, plates, illustrations in text, etc. Text in French
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (very slight shelf-rub to cover bottom edges)
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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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Winston S Churchill - Companion Volume III Part 1 August 1914 - April 1915 and Part 2 May 1915 - December 1916 (2 Vols Complete Thus)

William Heinemann, London
Both volumes in bright red cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 1685pp in all
Both extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight copies in FINE price-clipped Dust Jacket s (some very slight rub to flap fold corner tips of wrapper for Vol I, looks almost as new in its protector)
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Writing Home (SIGNED COPY)

Faber & Faber, London
1st printing. Heavy, large Octavo size (8vo). in black faux cloth, silver lettering to spine. 417pp, plates, index. Signed and dated 10. 10. 94 by author on the title-page.
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW unread copy (faint signs of erasure to top edge of the front blank fly-leaf, merest hint of tanning to leaves) in an almost AS NEW un-clipped Dust Jacket (barely visible tiny nick to head of spine at front tip, looks new in its protector)
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Contemporary British Theatre - Breaking New Ground

Palgrave Macmillan, London
8vo in photo illustrated boards, 192pp, index
NEW unread copy
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Caryl Churchill

Routledge / Taylor Francis, London
8vo in photo illustrated stiff card covers, 208pp, bibliog, index
NEW unread copy
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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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More Fool Me (SIGNED COPY)

Michael Joseph, London
Heavy 8vo. in red faux cloth, 388pp, plates in colour and b/w. This copy inscribed 'Best' and signed by Stephen Fry on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
An AS NEW unread copy (merest hint of tanning to leaves) in an AS NEW price-clipped Dust Jacket
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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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Leigh Bowery - The Life and Times of An Icon

Hodder & Stoughton, London
1st Edition. Large 8vo paperback. 308pp, plates, index
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (single reading crease to spine, pages slightly tanned)
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Flash- Back - Stories of My Youth (SIGNED COPY)

C W Beaumont, London
8vo in red cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 106pp. This copy signed by the author on the verso of the title-page (no other inscriptions)
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy
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Distinguo - Reading Montaigne Differently

Clarendon Press, Oxford
8vo in black cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 136pp, bibliog, index
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy in an AS NEW Dust Jacket
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This Wooden O - Shakespeare's Globe Reborn

Oberon Books, London
1st printing. Heavy, large 8vo. in dark green faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 328pp, plates, bibliography, index etc
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW unread copy (thin sliver of very slight creasing to spine ends) in an AS NEW price-clipped Dust Jacket
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Alexis De Tocqueville - A Biography (Prophet of Democracy in the Age of Revolution)

Profile Books, London
1st printing. Thick, heavy 8vo. in green faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 724pp, plates, bibliography, index etc
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