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Dr Ox's Experiment and Master Zacharius (Author's Illustrated Edition)

Sampson Low Marston Searle and Rivington, London
Octavo size (8vo) in printed card wrappers, 190pp, 16pp publishers ads at rear (dated April 1876) plus advert end-papers. frontispiece, plus 12 other full page plates
GOOD+ (some loosening between sewn sections, grey cloth flour pasted (or similar) over spine as repair or strengthening with ink title to spine (examination under very bright light shows most of the original printed spine is still present below the tape), small defection to bottom corner tip of front cover, covers rubbed and dusty, aside from some very mild foxing the leaves are otherwise clean)
1st editionSoftcover
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Painting and History During the French Restoration - Abandoned by the Past

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
Heavy Quarto size (4to) in burgundy cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 269pp, colour plates, illustrations in text, bibliography, index etc
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW very clean and tight copy in an almost AS NEW complete Dust Jacket (tiny nick to top edge of rear panel looks new in its removable transparent protector)
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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A Book of Not Knowing When We Are Going to Die or Grow up and of Only Knowing a Little Bit (Artists book)

Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Alberta
Large Octavo size (8vo) in yellow cloth, black lettering to spine. Pages numbere 1 to xi plus 300 pages of which only pp 1 to 23 and pp 259 are printed and numbered (as issued). Published to coincide with the exhibition Bookworks and Audiotapes (Southern Alberta Art Gallery, February 6 - 28 1982). Only a small pnumber were printed and copies, especially those in nice condition, are hard to come by.
An extremely well preserved AS NEW copy
1st editionHardcover
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Jeroglific - Apunts per un llibre de poemes (SIGNED COPY with ink sketch)

Aleu, Barcelona
Square Quarto size (4to) in black faux leather covered boards with white lettering (as issued). Unpaginated, approx. 200pp, illustrated in colour and b/w. Inscribed copy signed and dated by Verges Grau with sketch by him in ink on fly-leaf. Text in Catalan
An AS NEW copy
Signed copy1st editionHardcover
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Fair Game

Macmillan, London
1st printing. Octavo size (8vo) in faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 219pp
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy (pages only slightly tanned) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket. Rarely found in such excellent condition.
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Opening Souvenir Programme - Astoria Southend-on-Sea July 5th 1935

Astoria, Southend
Quite lavishly made Quarto size (4to) programme in green printed and embossed marbled stiff card covers, 36pp all gilt bordered, with embossed transparent tissue end-leaves and green silk string tie. Contains two articles on the building by its architect E A Stone and engineer G Cillison, first weeks film schedule, synopsese, etc. Plus many large or full page adverts with Art Deco graphics
An extremely well preserved very near FINE clean and tight copy (covers faintly dusty, short closed tear to rear plain tissue endpaper). An excellent copy of a rare survival
1st editionSoftcover
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Superstructure (SIGNED COPY)

Harper Collins, London
Extra large landscape quarto size (4to) in blind embossed grey faux cloth, black lettering to spine 195pp plus 13pp team list, mainly colour & b/w photos taken throughout the construction of the London Dome (now called the O2. Signed (without inscription) by Mark Power on the title-page
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
Signed copy1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Parrworld - 2 Volume Boxed Set (SIGNED COPY) Alt spelling Parr World

Chris Boot, London
1st printing. Two very thick and heavy books in strong colour printed slip-case. Both books signed in ink by Parr
NEW in NEW slipcase
Signed copy1st editionHardcover
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Quentin Blake- Words and Pictures (SIGNED COPY)

Tate Publishing, London
2nd Edition and 1st printing thus. Heavy Quarto size (4to) in marine green boards, black lettering to spine, 216pp, illustrated in colour throughout. Signed by Blake on the front blank fly-leaf (no other inscriptions)
NEW copy in a NEW Dust Jacket
Signed copyHardcoverDustjacket
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Poppy de Villeneuve - This is a story of hope and we are all characters in it (Limited Edition)

Poppy De Villeneuve, London
Small square 4to in black cloth covered boards, unpaginated, approx. 40pp, mainly nicely printed photos by Villeneuve in colour and b/w. One of only 50 copies made by her on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name at Paradise Row, London 25 January - 2 March 2008
NEW copy in NEW Dust Jacket
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Troika Pottery St Ives

Carol Cashmore, Brentwood
Large Octavo size (8vo) in colour printed stiff glossy card covers, 110pp text including index, list of marks and scale drawings of standard shapes, plus 52 plates in colour and b/w at rear
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (faint hint of tanning to leaves)
1st editionSoftcover
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Alberto Terrile - Nel Segno Dell' Angelo - Work in Progress 1991 > 2008 (SIGNED COPY)

Festival Della Scienza, Genova
Square 4to in photo illustrated stiff glossy card covers, unpaginated, approx. 130pp mainly finely reproduced full page photos with opposing captions, text in Italian, to accompany the Festival Della Scienza 2008 exhibition of Terrile's angel photos at the Loggia Della Mercanzia, Genova (23.10.08 - 4.11.08). This copy has been signed in ink by Alberto Terrile on the front fly-leaf (no other inscriptions)
Almost AS NEW (tiny bump to page-block fore-edge, minute speck of rub to cover corner tips)
Signed copy1st editionSoftcover
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Leo - The First Business Computer

Hasler Publishing, Wokingham
Large Octavo size (8vo) in blue faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 272pp, plates, index etc. On the J Lyons and Co. development of the Leo computer begun in 1947
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread read copy in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket (top edge faintly tanned)
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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George Shaw - What I Did this Summer (Ikon Gallery 29 - 14 September 2003 and Touring)

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
4to in colour printed glossy boards (as issued), 59pp on glossy art paper, colour plates (1 folding), etc.
An extremely well preserved AS NEW copy
1st editionHardcover
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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)
1st editionHardcover
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Carpets and Textiles in the Iranian World 1400 - 1700 - Proceedings of the Conference held at the Ashmolean Museum on 30 - 31 August 2003

May Beattie Archive / Ashmolean Museum, Oxford / Bruschettini Foundation for Islamic Art and Asian Art, Genoa
Thick, heavy 4to. in blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine and front cover, 260pp on thick glossy art paper, colour plates, bibliog, index, map end-papers etc
NEW unread copy in NEW Dust Jacket
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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The Task

Martin Secker, London
1st printing. 8vo in dark olive faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 202pp. Authors rare first novel
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (merest hint of tanning to leaves) in an almost AS NEW complete and priced Dust Jacket (hint of tanning to inner flaps, looks new in its protector)
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Claudia Andujar - A Vulnerabilidade do Ser

Pinacoteca Do Estado / Cosac Naify, Sao Paulo
Thick, heavy landscape 4to in photo illustrated thick boards, 328pp on various types and weights of paper, plus photo index at rear. Dual text in English and Portuguese
NEW copy (tiny slight crease to top corner tip of front cover from poor handling)
1st editionHardcover
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Jef Verheyen - Lux Est Lex (Axel Vervoordt Kanal Maart / March 1 - April 17 2004)

Axel Vervoordt Kanal, Wijnegem
Very large 4to in stiff card covers, 160pp on thick art paper, colour plates, etc. Dual text in Flemish and English
An extremely well preserved AS NEW copy
1st editionSoftcover
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Cholula - Reporte Preliminar

Editorial Nueva Antropologia, Mexico
Thick, heavy 4to. in stiff card covers, variously paginated approx. 220pp in total, includes many photos, maps plans diagrams etc. Text in Spanish. Messmacher was director of the site for the first part of the third main phase of excavations begun in 1966, but left shortly after this preliminary report was published. A short typed letter (in English) and signed by Messmacher is loosely inserted
A well preserved about FINE clean and tight copy (few spots of slight shelf rub to cover edges, pages very slightly tanned)
Signed copy1st editionSoftcover
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Vernacular Heritage and Earthen Architecture - Contributions for Sustainable Development (Proceedings of CIAV 2013 / 7th ATP / Versus, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal, 16 - 20 October 2013)

Crc Press / Taylor & Francis, London
Thick, heavy 8vo in colour plates, boards, 868pp, numerous illustrations, maps and plans in text, author index PLUS CD-ROM in pocket at rear (as issued)
NEW copy (slight crease to spine ends)
1st editionHardcover
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The Autobiography of A Thief

Bantam Press., London
Autobiography of the 'Great Train Robbery' gang member. Large 8vo in black faux cloth, silver lettering to spine. 399pp, with photos. This copy evocatively inscribed 'To Sue / C'est La Vie' and signed by Reynolds on the title-page all in black ink
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (pages tanned) in an AS NEW Dust Jacket
Signed copy1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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William Blake - The Book of Thel

William Blake Society, London
1st Edition Thus. Quarto size (4to) in cream cloth-backed boards with ornate red and black printed paper label to front cover. Portrait frontispiece with tissue guard and woodcut title page by W R Kean both printed in red, yellow silk ribbon page marker, text printed in upper-case and on one side of each leaf. One of only 30 copies on hand-made paper by Ernest A Newson
VERY GOOD, a well preserved, clean and tight copy (bottom cover corner tips slightly worn, very mild signs of bookplate removal from front paste-down, small inscription to top corner of front blank fly-leaf)
1st editionHardcover
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London Promenade (SIGNED COPY)

The Studio, London
Large Quarto size (4to). in cream linen backed decorative paper covered boards with black leather panelled gilt lettering to spine (only a few copies of this more expensive variant binding were made by the publishers). 134pp, full page plates in colour and b/w, line illustrations in text, all by William Gaunt. Elegantly inscribed, 'My period ! With best wishes to Henric Unger', signed and dated in ink by Gaunt on the front blank fly-leaf. Books inscribed or signed by Gaunt are uncommon.
A well preserved VERY GOOD+ copy (small spot of wear to cover corner tips, spine a little dusty, page-block edges slightly tanned)
Signed copy1st editionHardcover
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Kamal Joumblatt - Images D'un Destin (Signed by Walid Joumblatt)

Almassar, Beirut
Extra Large Quarto size (4to). in blind embossed black cloth, white lettering to spine, 224pp. An illustrated biography of the assassinated Lebanese politician, text in French. This copy has been inscribed 'In one part of the world we have a kind of Political Alzheimers' and is signed by Walid Joumblatt (Kamal Joumblatt's son and Lebanese Druze leader). There are no other inscriptions
AS NEW in a faintly shelf rubbed but otherwise AS NEW complete Dust Jacket (looks new in its removable transparent protector)
Signed copy1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Gilbert and George - a portrait (SIGNED COPY)

Harper Collins, London
Large Octavo size (8vo) in black faux cloth, white lettering to spine. 240pp, plates in colour and b/w, index etc. Inscribed 'With lots of love' and signed by both Gilbert and George (no other inscription) on title-page
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy (pages very faintly tanned) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket, an excellent copy
Signed copy1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Troika Pottery St Ives

Carol Cashmore, Brentwood
Large Octavo size (8vo) in colour printed stiff glossy card covers, 110pp text including index, list of marks and scale drawings of standard shapes, plus 52 plates in colour and b/w at rear
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (tiny crease to top corner tip of front cover). An excellent copy
1st editionSoftcover
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La Ceramique Contemporaine

Compagnie des Arts Photomecaniques, Paris
Quarto size (4to) in colour printed stiff glossy card covers, 104pp, numerous plates (some in colour). An excellent survey of contemporary modern ceramics. Text in French
A well preserved FINE unread copy (spine and cover edges a little tanned)
1st editionSoftcover
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The Book of Shrigley (SIGNED COPY)

Chronicle Books, San Francisco
1st printing. Large Quarto size (4to). in colour printed thick card covers with white printed black cloth spine, 221pp, red silk page-marker, colour and line illustrations etc throughout. Signed (with no other inscription) by Shrigley on title-page and dated by him 2005
An AS NEW copy (very slight flat crease to bottom corner tip of front cover)
Signed copy1st editionSoftcover
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Historical Maps of the Town of Valencia 1704 - 1910

Valencia City Council, Valencia
Extra large landscape Folio size (approx 14 x 18 inches) in cream faux leather binding with embossed red lettering to spine and front cover, 162pp plus contents lists at rear, 66 full page plates finely reproduced in their original colours, each with detailed notes, bibliography at rear. Text in English throughout. One of 500 copies printed
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (tiny speck of soil to top edge of page block) in an faintly tanned but otherwise AS NEW complete Dust Jacket. An excellent copy
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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