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Hand On the Alibi: A Novel of Detection by John Bude [Ernest Elmore] (£453.00)Publisher: London: Skeffington & Son — 1939Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with several short, closed, tears and a little loss at the tail of the spine. Dust wrapper is halved at the spine with a rather amateur tape repair,yellowing, to the reverse. Boards dulled. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned overall but with spotting to both pastedowns. Description: 4th impression.Notes: Jacket designed by Nick. Size: 7½" x 5". Green boards with Black titling to the Spine. 256 [16] pages. Tags: nick fiction novels literature stories story novella short keywords unentered
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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The Sign of Saturn: Poems 1980-87 by Sharon Olds (£302.00)Publisher: Secker & Warburg — 1991Binding: Paperback Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 9780436200298]Condition: Very Good+. A nice copy with just a hint of lean and slightest tanning to the spine and margins of the wrappers.Description: Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. A nice copy of an uncommon title. Sharon Olds was born in 1942, in San Francisco. She has published three books of poetry: Satan Says (1980), The Dead and the Living (1984) and The Gold Cell (1987). What these poems share is their author's ability to gaze unflinchingly on difficult things and to describe them with a tough and tender sensuality, an honest, erotic language that holds within it not just anger and pain, but wonder, joy, and a boundless vitality.Notes: Jacket designed by Peter Dyer. Size: B Format (Approx. 5¼" x 7¾"). 93 pages. Tags: and anthologies birth collected deal death english family first forms general idea its many memories poems poetry power sexual sexuality stories tell texts the they this with work
P&P: UK 1st £2.38. UK 2nd £2.20. EU Surface £2.56. EU Air £2.86. ROW Surface £2.56. ROW Air £4.30

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To Find A Golden Pony by Amanda Gavin [Clodagh Micaela Gibson Jarvie] (£278.00)Publisher: J. M. Dent & Sons — 1965Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with corresponding grazing to the dustwrapper. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight. A pleasant copy of an uncommon title. Description: From the cover: “This is a pony book with a difference. It deals sensitively with a young girl’s companionship with animals, and how she learns to manage them while at the same time developing self-reliance during a period of delicate readjustment. Jo Garrett is five when her mother dies, and her father wisely sends her away from his Suffolk farm to live with cousins in Sussex. So, until she is ten, she comes under the spell of ponies, caring for them as well as riding them. She then returns to the farm, and her father is pleased to notice what a self-confident child she has become, with definite ideas of her own as to what she wants from life. Jo’s personality is also contrasted with all the others in the story — both human and animal — who come fully alive as individuals in this entertaining account of country life. Finally, Jo’s slow adjustment to the idea of her father’s remarriage is described with understanding and insight..”Notes: Jacket designed by Elisabeth Grant. Illustrated by Elisabeth Grant. Size: 7¾" x 5". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 176 pages. Tags: action activity adolescent adult adventure adventurers agination american anglo animals authors beasts bestseller books bookshelf british brothers child childish children children’s childrens christian classic classics curriculum education enduring english escapade exciting exploit fairy-tale family famous fantasy fiction forces historical history hunter imaginary invented journey joy junior juvenile kid kingdom language legend literary literature made-up magic magical minor modern mystical narrative national novels people period person places plays pleasure pre-school pretend quality readers reading realism science short stories story storyline syllabus tale talking teen teenagers toddler voyage works writing written young younger youngster youngsters youth youthful
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The Narrow Corner by W. Somerset Maugham (£169.00)Publisher: London: William Heinemann — 1932Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with creasing to the head of the upper panel. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding which is nicked at the head of the spine. Leans slightly. Edges of the text block spotted. Text complete, clean and tight overall if a little age-toned. A nice copy in the right dust wrapper. Description: Notes: Jacket designed by Youngman Carter. Size: 7½" x 5". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 293 pages. Tags: youngman carter fiction novels literature stories story novella shortfirst editions firsts first printings 1st english
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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And Best of All… by Stephen Glynn (£153.00)Publisher: Oliver & Boyd — 1974Binding: Hardback First Edition. [ISBN: 0050028723]Condition: Very Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Drawings;Notes: Illustrated by Gudrun Groh-Go¨tzinger. Size: 10" x 8¼". Pictorial boards. Tags: children stories english 1900 texts books originally published with german text esslingen schreiber 1974 stephen glynn gudrun groh-go¨tzinger 0050028723 first editions firsts printings 1st
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72

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Freedom and Limit: A Dialogue Between Literature and Christian Doctrine by Paul S. Fiddes (£128.00)Publisher: Macmillan — 1991Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0333491424]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Signed by the author on the first blank — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium.

From the cover: “Writers of novels, plays and poems use their imagination with an evident freedom; by contrast, makers of Christian doctrine seem to impose limits, reducing the open-ended meaning of images to exact concepts and summing up the loose ends of stories in one unified Story. But the author of this study sets out to show how images and stories in literature can actually help the theologian to make doctrinal statements, while at the same time careful theological thinking can assist the critical reading of literary texts. Such a dialogue is worked out in studies of the poetry of William Blake and Gerard Manley Hopkins, and the novels of D. H. Lawrence, Iris Murdoch and William Golding. Here the tension between the freedom of imagination and the limits of doctrine is seen to be only a part of more far-reaching tensions of freedom in human life, which account for a sense of ‘fallenness’ and which a dialogue between literature and Christian doctrine can do much to illuminate. In all this, the relationship between imagination and revelation is never far from the centre of discussion.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 269 pages. Tags: english literature history and criticism religion england christian doctrine bible christianity theology religious aspects special subjects viewpoints great britain paul fiddes first editions firsts printings 1st signed books author signatures inscriptions presentation copies copy
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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Á La Recherche Du Temps Perdu by Marcel Proust (£116.00)Publisher: Chatto & Windus — 1941Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. All volumes are a little tanned at the spines, more lightly to the boards. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Pages lightly age-tanned. A presentable set. Description: From the cover: “Marcel Proust’s continuous novel Á la Recherche du Temps Perdu (Remembrance of Things Past) was originally published in eight parts, the titles and dates of which were: I. Du Cote de Chez Swann (1913); II. À I’Ombre des Jeunes Filles en Fleurs (1918), awarded the Prix Goncourt in 1919; III. Le Cote de Guermantes I (1920); IV. Le Cote de Guermantes II, Sodome et Gomorrhe I (1921); V. Sodome et Gomorrhe II (1922); VI. La Prisonnière (1923); VII. Albertine Disparue (1925); VIII.

Le Temps Retrouve Du Côté de Chez Swann has been published in English as Swann’s Way: A I’Ombre des Jeunes Filles en Fleurs as Within A Budding Grove: Le Côté de Guermantes as The Guermantes Way: Sodome et Gomorrhe as Cities Of The Plain: La Prisomière as The Captive: Albertine Disparue as The Sweet Cheat Gone: and Le Temps Retrouvé as Time Regained. The first seven parts were translated by C. K. Scott Moncrieff; the eighth by Stephen Hudson.”

In this uniform edition the volumes are:

1. Swann’s Way. Part I [1943]
2. Swann’s Way. Part II [1943]
3. Within A Budding Grove. Part I [1943]
4. Within A Budding Grove. Part II [1943]
5. The Guermantes Way. Part I [1943]
6. The Guermantes Way. Part II [1943]
7. Cities of The Plain. Part I [1943]
8. Cities of The Plain. Part II [1943]
9. The Captive. Part I [1941]
10. The Captive. Part II [1941]
11. The Sweet Cheat Gone [1944]
12. Time Regained [1944]
Notes: Size: 7½" x 4¾". Blue boards with Gilt on Red Title Plate titling to the Spine. Tags: scott moncrieff stephen hudson 8th volume fiction novels literature stories story novella short recherche temps perdu english swann way within budding grove guermantes cities plain captive sweet cheat gone time regained marcel proust
P&P: UK 1st £15.00. UK 2nd £10.35. EU Surface £24.66. EU Air £24.10. ROW Surface £24.66. ROW Air £46.72

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Dragons Live Forever by Robert Swindells (£103.00)Publisher: London, Sydney, Auckland, Toronto: Hodder & Stoughton — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0340227699]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is a little faded at the spine. Boards faded at the margins and the spine. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Notes: Illustrated by Petula Stone. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. Tags: 0340227699 fiction novels literature stories story novella short first editions firsts printings 1st swindells dragons children english
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72

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Sunrise Over Hell by Ka-tzetnik 135633 (£103.00)Publisher: London: W. H. Allen — 1977Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0491017073]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Leans slightly. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: Notes: Jacket designed by Don Grant. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Salmon boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 215 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella short first editions firsts printings 1st ka-tzetnik 135633 translations english holocaust jewish 1939-1945 jews history 20th century hebrew israeli third reich racial persecution auschwitz-birkenau concentration extermination camp warsaw ghetto uprising
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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The Hand In The Dark by Arthur J. [John] Rees (£103.00)Publisher: John Lane The Bodley Head — 1925Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding with fading to the spine and boards. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Soiling to the first blank, more lightly so to the last blank. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: First in this, The Cheap, edition. [First: 1920] 2pp. Publishers advertisements to the rear. From the DNB: “Rees was born in Melbourne where he was, for a short time, on the staff of the Melbourne Age and then joined the staff of the New Zealand Herald. In his early twenties he went to England.

His talent as a writer of crime-mystery stories is evidenced by Dorothy Sayers in the foreword to Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery and Horror, 1928. Two of his stories were included in an American world-anthology of detective stories.”
Notes: Size: 7½" x 5". Pale Blue boards with Black titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 382 pages. Tags: age aldringham's and anise argosy arthur australian born brink chance clue colwin cup dark destiny diarists downs fear flying for grey greymarsh hampstead hand hangletree her herald house investigations island john joined lake last later love marauders melbourne merry moon mystery new old pavilion peak pit rea rees river rock short shrieking silence simon single staff sussex the threshold time tragedy twelvetrees was watson writer zealand
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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Jack Skeffington: A Sporting Novel by Guy Gravenhil (£83.00)Publisher: London: Chapman & Hall — 1891Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Heavily bruised at the head, tail and corners of the boards of both volumes, both leaning. Hinges weak in both. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Notes: Size: 7¾" x 5". Ruled & Blind-stamped Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VII/VII] 318/304 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella short english miscellaneous
P&P: UK 1st £6.00. UK 2nd £5.95. EU Surface £9.06. EU Air £9.10. ROW Surface £9.06. ROW Air £16.72

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Hopalong Cassidy and the Trail to the Seven Pines by Tex Burns (£68.00)Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton — 1952Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edge worn and faded with price sticker to the spine. The pages are somewhat tanned, if tight, and a little musty. Red Cross library plate to the first blank, pasted on pocket to the last and a small notation to the rear pastedown.Description: First in this edition. [First published as a Hodder Yellow Jacket]Notes: Size: 7½" x 5". Blue boards with Black titling to the Spine. 190 pages. Tags: william boyd cowhand rancher cowboy stories wild west film television programmes gunmen left lawlessness tex burns first editions firsts printings 1st
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72
The Hornblower Companion by C. S. [Cecil Scott] Forester (£68.00)Publisher: Michael Joseph — 1964Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled along edges with a few small nicks / tears but no loss. Book a little rubbed at extremities, slightly bumped at tail of spine. Internally bright and clean and generally a very pleasant copy.Description: How did Hornblower come to be thought of? How did it happen that this epic biography was begun in the middle? How did it come about that the midshipman grew into the captain? How were the plots constructed? Many more questions are answered in this exciting book. 140pp. Maps. Size: 4to Large Post (10½" x 8¼" approx.) Jacket Designed by Michael Harvey. Illustrated by Samuel H. Bryant. Dust wrapper in protective, removable sleeve.Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Tags: adventures destroyers napoleonic battleship submarine seafaring justinion cruisers novellas merchant maritime nautical stories sailing fiction battles cruiser frigate warship torpedo novels vessel marine dinghy ships royal craft naval liner boat wars navy ship sea
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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The Khufra Run by James Graham [Jack Higgins] (£68.00)Publisher: London: Macmillan — 1972Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0333146484]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges and a little age-tanned. Boards toned at the top edges. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Notes: Jacket designed by Ron Bowen. Size: 8" x 5¼". Turquoise boards with Black titling to the Spine. 189 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella short first editions firsts printings 1st them been successful films soldiers fortune air pilots vietnam war
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov (£64.00)Publisher: London: Collins & Harvill Press — 1971Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0002619059]Condition: Good+ — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed, without loss although untidy and now tape-reinforced on the verso, with sunning to the spine. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Previous owners' gift inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise bar for small tear at the foot of the last two leaves. Description: From the cover: “The time — 1918. The place — Kiev, capital of the Ukraine, torn by revolution and civil war. The people — the Turbin family of two brothers and a sister, whose home is a calm pool of affection, warmth and humanity in a maelstrom of cold, snow, violence and sudden death. Alexei Turbin, eldest brother and head of the family, is a doctor returned from the war; his sister Elena is married to an unpleasant Baltic German who scuttles away like a rat as soon as danger threatens. The youngest is Nikolka, at seventeen just out of officer-cadet school and a volunteer in one of the scratch units manned by officers which formed the White Guard in the Ukraine. A cuckoo in their nest is their hopeless cousin from Zhitomir, Lariosik, a charming bungler who always says the wrong thing, breaks everything he touches, yet is welcomed into the Turbins’ charmed circle with love and kindness.

At the beginning, the Germans are still occupying Kiev, propping up the feeble regime of the Hetman Skoropadsky. Their cause lost in advance by the Hetman’s ignoble defection, Alexei and Nikolka Turbin and their White Guard officer friends make a brave but futile attempt to resist the capture of Kiev by the adventurer Petlyura and his army of long-moustached, baggy-trousered, trigger-happy Ukrainian roughnecks.

Savage while it lasts, Petlyura’s occupation of Kiev is at least short and as his motley troops slink away, Bulgakov coins an image of power which is the perfect antithesis to the cosy, womb-like interior of the Turbin’s home: on the track outside Kiev, hissing gently, waiting to grind inexorably into the city, stands the huge steel-clad articulated juggernaut of a Bolshevik armoured train.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Kenneth Farnhill. Foreword or introduction by Viktor Nekrasov. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 320 pages. Tags: novels literature stories story novella editions firsts first printings 1st fiction bulgakov translations english ukraine history revolution russian literary classic classics
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder (£63.00)Publisher: Methuen & Co. — 1958Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good+ - in Good+ DJ. Spine gently faded. Top edges of text block spotted. Leans slightly. Previous owners inscription to ffep. Tape offset to endpapers.Description: Notes: Illustrated by Garth Williams. Size: 7½" x 5". 220 pages. Tags: and blizzard built caused children's dugout face family fiction flood frontier grasshoppers her house ingalls juvenile laura life live minnesota misfortunes move new pioneer stories they until where wilder
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72

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Scholar Gypsies by John Buchan (£57.00)Publisher: London: John Lane The Bodley Head; New York: Macmillan & Co. — 1896Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding which is slightly soiled. Blanks tanned. Small name card to the pastedown. Tissue-guards tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: 2nd edition. Illustrated by way of: Portrait to the frontispiece [Tissue-guarded]; Tissue-guarded Black & White Plates [7];Notes: Size: 7¾" x 5". Brown Spine Strip to Orange boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Arcady Library series. [206] [16] pages. Tags: arcady library fiction novels literature stories story novella short
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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Adventures in a TV Nation by Michael Moore; Kathleen Glynn; (£54.00)Publisher: Pan — 2002Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0330419145]Condition: Very Good.Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “This book recounts the intriguing behind-the-scenes stories of the filming TV Nation and reveals how Moore and his associates got it past the censors and on the air. It also relates those stories which were too controversial to show — including the voice-activated lie detector scan which tested the daily news and recorded a lie in just about every report. If you have ever felt powerless or at the mercy of ‘the system’, Adventures in a TV Nation is guaranteed to lift your spirits.”Notes: 241 pages. Tags: action-packed alarm alarms american america's analysed anecdotes arts aryan average band bane baseball-capped battery beach behalf broadcast broadcasts called campaigns ceo chicken choice chronicling commission conducted consciousness corporate crackers cranked crime-fighting crimemobile' crusaders dancers' described deserved despite disappeared documentary effects emmy ended episodes everybody excellent flint followed gatecrashed generally getting giant-sized
P&P: UK 1st £7.50. UK 2nd £6.68. EU Surface £11.66. EU Air £11.60. ROW Surface £11.66. ROW Air £21.72

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Spirit of the Somerset & Dorset Railway by Alan Hammond (£54.00)Publisher: Millstream Books — 2003Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0948975660]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper lightly pulled at the head of the upper panel otherwise a very well presented copy of this uncommon title. Description: A limited printing of 2500 copies of which this is number 252. Jacket illustration: Signalman Joe Crouchman, seen talking to driver Aubrey Pearce, and fireman Wally Moon enjoy the summer sunshine at Midsomer Norto on 3rd July 1961. Class 3F 0-6-0T No. 47316 (formerly S&DJR No. 25) pilots 7F 2-8-0 No. 53810 down to Radstock, its home shed. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: “This is the third in the series of photographic records of the Somerset & Dorset Railway by Alan Hammond. As with his previous books, the emphasis is on images of railwaymen and women working on the line. Most of the photographs come from private collections and provide a fascinating insight into the day-today running of this much-loved line.

There are anecdotes, too. Eight personal memories enhance the story, with many a tale from Bath, Wincanton, Sturminster Newton, Blandford and Branksome, among others. There is the tragic story of how a ganger fell to his death from a railway trolley at Kilver Street Viaduct, and the more amusing episode when lumps of coal lobbed off an engine for the crossing-keeper at Lamyatt Road broke down his front door. There is a personal memory of idyllic childhood visits to the signalbox at Midford and a wartime account of coming under fire from a German plane at Highbridge. The stories and photographs together provide a heart-warming recollection of this lost world.

The foreword has been written by the railway entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, a modern-day enthusiast and character to match those who worked on the old S&D.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Sir Richard Branson. Size: 11" x 8½". Burgundy boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Tags: hammond sir richard branson 0948975660 somerset dorset joint railway history railroads england somerset employees women workers reminiscences
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Dardanelles Patrol: The Incredible Story of the E. 11 by Peter Shankland; Anthony Hunter; (£53.00)Publisher: Granada — 1978Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0583118615]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Notably rubbed at the outside edges of the cover and spine. Pages lightly age-tanned. Slightly fragile with age now.Description: From the cover: “This is one of the most exciting submarine stories ever written — a story of great courage against considerable odds. The E.11. was to be the spearhead of a mission to force the Dardanelles and give Allied Forces access to the Sea of Marmara — the proud harbour into which no enemy had sailed since the Turks had conquered it nearly 500 years previously, preserved inviolate by the 35-mile length of the treacherous narrow Dardanelles Straits. E.11., its commander, Lieutenant-Commander Nasmith, and his men against the combined hazards of mines, nets, shore-based guns, patrol-craft, destroyers, search-lights and, supremely, the perilously long dive up the Straits. From first to last the danger was acute and the odds long.”Notes: Size: A Format (7" x 4½"). 159 pages. Tags: britain campaign campaigns dardanelles gallipoli naval navy operations peninsula royal straits submarine submarines turkey
P&P: UK 1st £7.50. UK 2nd £6.68. EU Surface £11.66. EU Air £11.60. ROW Surface £11.66. ROW Air £21.72

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Stormbringer by Michael Moorcock (£49.00)Publisher: London: Millennium — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 185798045X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper now protected in a removable mylar sleeve. Description: Number 12 in the series. Contains: The Sleeping Sorceress; The Revenge of the Rose; The Stealer of Souls; Kings in Darkness; The Caravan of Forgotten Dreams; Stormbringer; Illustrated by way of: Vignette to the title page; Chapter Headpieces;Notes: Jacket designed by Robert Gould. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Tale of the Eternal Champion series. 659 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella editions firsts first printings 1st english elric melnibone albino prince fantasy science short anthologies literary forms fantastic 185798045x
P&P: UK 1st £6.00. UK 2nd £5.95. EU Surface £9.06. EU Air £9.10. ROW Surface £9.06. ROW Air £16.72

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Can Such Things Be? & By The Night Express by Keith Fleming (£48.00)Publisher: Sarob Press — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1902309189]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: A limited printing of 250 copies.Notes: Jacket designed by Randy Broecker. Foreword or introduction by John Pelan & Richard Dalby (Afterword). Size: 9¼" x 6". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 184 pages. Tags: randy broecker 1902309189 first editions firsts printings 1st ghost stories english horror tales
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The Impossible Dream by Larry Gains (£47.00)Publisher: London: Leisure Publications — 1976Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0900518006]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is fading gently at the spine. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Small mark to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs;

From the cover: “This is the story of Larry Gains, the Coloured Heavyweight Champion of the World.

It tells of his life in the rings of the world… riding the night trains of Canada… working the cattle boats… gambling in the casinos of the Riviera… Paris in the Twenties, Cologne and the Charleston, Leicester and the long Indian Summer.

It reveals the secrets of the champions… the twilight world of the Boston Tar Baby… the amorous ways of Harry Greb… how Battling Siki saw the light… the feuding with Jeff Dickson… and the chasing of Jack Sharkey.

It recounts the stories behind Gains’ greatest fights… the big breakthrough against the smooth-as-silk Bud German… the magic night with Camera… the tactical battle with the wily Mike McTigue… the taming of Big George Godfrey… and the denting of Jack Dempsey’s ten-thousand dollar nose.

And finally it explains how the pride and the politics of the day combined to end Larry Gains’ quest for what had become the impossible dream… the winning of the official heavyweight championship of the world.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Max Schmeling. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Pink boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 141 pages. Tags: gains max schmeling larry boxers sports britain boxing autobiographies biographies 0900518006
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Something In Common by Mary Cecil (£43.00)Publisher: Hamish Hamilton — 1960Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavy sunning to the spine. Small ding to the head of the upper board. Leans. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Notes: Jacket designed by Patricia Davey. Size: 8" x 5¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 254 pages. Tags: fiction stories novels mary cecil first editions firsts printings 1st
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Billy Bunter Butts In by Frank Richards (£42.00)Publisher: Charles Skilton — 1951Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Gently faded at the spine. School prize plate to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: 6pp. Publishers advertisements to the rear. Pleasant colour frontispiece.Notes: Illustrated by R. J. MacDonald. Size: 7½" x 5". Green boards with Red titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 234 pages. Tags: bunter modern literature for children famous children’s books the english language writing give pleasure written england juvenile pre-school adolescent youngster young person adolescents education tales people fiction younger readers aiken joan alcott louisa may andersen hans christian baum frank carroll lewis coolidge susan grahame kenneth kipling rudyard mahy
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Two Tales Of The Congo by Joseph Conrad (£42.00)Publisher: London: The Folio Society — 1952Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with several short, closed, tears and a nick to the head of the spine. Description: Illustrated by way of: Frontispiece; Copper-engravings [7]; Contains: Outpost of Progress & Heart of Darkness.Notes: Illustrated by Dolf Rieser. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Illustrated Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 166 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella shortfirst editions firsts first printings 1st outpost progress heart darkness
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Undine by F. de la Motte Fouque (£42.00)Publisher: London: Macmillan & Co.; New York: The Macmillan Company — 1897Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding which is a little soiled. Slightly shaken with the hinges just starting. Frontispiece lacks tissue-guard. Presentation Copy blind-stamped to the bottom corer of the title page. Pages gently tanned with scattered spotting throughout which does affect some of the plates. Description: English language text. Illustrated by way of: Frontispiece; Black & White Plates; Black & White Drawings;Notes: Illustrated by Rosie M. M. Pitman. Size: 8" x 5½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [XXIII] 203 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella short translated german
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The Doctor's Double: An Anglo-Australian Sensation by Nat Gould (£41.00)Publisher: London: The Modern Publishing Company — 1935Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed with loss at the spine ends, staining to the spine and margins of the lower panel. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Pages lightly age-tanned with the front hinge starting. Description: Publishing date unstated, dated from references. A later printing, but uncommon in any, originally published London, circa 1896. Illustrated by way of: Illustrated endpapers and blanks;Notes: Size: 7" x 4½". Red boards with Black titling to the Spine. In the Nat Gould's Sporting Novels series. [4] 254 pages. Tags: nat gould sporting novels fiction literature stories story novella short
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The Leaping Lad and Other Stories by Sid Chaplin (£41.00)Publisher: London: Phoenix House — 1946Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little loss to the spine ends, heavy tanning to the spine. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Previous owners' gift inscription to the first blank. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Contains: A Story-Teller’s Story; The Leaping Lad; Half Moon Street; ‘Hands’; The Unwanted; And The Third Day; The Boss; Green Eyes; The Bridge; Quite A Journey; Saturday Saga; Grace Before Meat; The End Of An Age; ‘Rooms’; The Shaft; ‘Ding Dong Dell’; The Pigeon-Cree; What Katie Did; The Keeper; The Liberal Education Of John Henry Johnson; Big Little Hab;Notes: Size: 7¾" x 5". Blue boards with Red titling to the Spine. 159 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella editions firsts first printings 1st durham england county social customs
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Girl's Own Annual Xxi: The Girl's Own Paper Vol. Xxi.-no. 1032 October 7, 1899 to Vol. Xxi.-no. 1081 September 15, 1900 by Anon. (£36.00)Publisher: London: The Girl's Own Annual — 1899Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. A little sunned at the spine. Folding colour frontis is creased and tape-reinforced on the verso. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Pages gently tanned with scattered spotting throughout, mainly to the margins. Description: Illustrated by way of: Vignette to the title page; Colour Plates [1]; Black & White Plates [9]; Black & White Drawings; Musical scores; Colour frontispiece; Chapter Headpieces;Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8½". Decorative Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 832 pages. Tags: children literature periodicals short stories english teenage girls england youths 20th century
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Bozena Nemcova Babicka by Edited by Zdenka Novakova (£34.00)Publisher: Cesky Spisovatel — 1989Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little tanned otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Czech language text. Illustrated by way of: Colour Drawings;Notes: Illustrated by Vladimir Tesar. Size: 11¼" x 8¼". White boards with Black titling to the Spine. 286 pages. Tags: czechoslovakia folk tales illustrated chilrens stories fables zdenka novakova vladimir tesar
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Maigret On Holiday by Georges Simenon (£33.00)Publisher: London: Routledge & Kegan Paul — 1950Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding which is a little faded. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Contains: A Summer Holiday translated from Les Vacances de Maigret, and To Any Lengths translated from Signe´ Picpus.Notes: Size: 7½" x 4¾". Green boards with Black titling to the Spine. 274 pages. Tags: geoffrey fiction novels literature stories story novella shortfirst editions firsts first printings 1st sainsbury fiction
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The Wild Palms by William Faulkner (£33.00)Publisher: London: Chatto & Windus — 1970Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0701106751]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier tanning to the spine and a short, closed, tear to the head of the upper panel. Price Clipped. Leans slightly. Top edge of the text block spotted. Previous owners' gift inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: First in this edition.Notes: Jacket designed by John Woodcock. Size: 8" x 5¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Collected Works of William Faulkner series. 315 pages. Tags: john woodcock 0701106751 collected works william faulkner fiction novels literature stories story novella short manuscripts facsimiles american floods mississippi river valley
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Infinity Plus Two by Edited by Keith Brooke & Nick Gevers (£32.00)Publisher: Harrogate: PS Publishing — 2003Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 1902880587]Condition: Near Fine — in Near Fine Dustwrapper. Dust wrapper lightly spotted on the verso. Description: Signed by fourteen authors and the two editors to printed pages. A limited printing of 300 copies of which this is number 132.Notes: Foreword or introduction by John Clute. Size: 8½" x 6". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 282 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella editions firsts first printings 1st signed books author signatures inscriptions presentation copies copy science anthologies 1902880587 9781902880587
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Japanese Ghost Stories by Crystal Morey (£32.00)Publisher: Hong Kong: Gomineko Press — 2009Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9780981615721]Condition: Near Fine. Description: Notes: Jacket designed by Jack “Horimouja’’ Mosher. Size: 11¾" x 8¼". Tags: morey mosher shinsuke kuriyama pre 19th century japanese mythology ghost stories japan ghosts horror tebori horiyoshi illustrators horizaru famous
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Justin Harley: A Romance of Old Virginia by John Esten Cooke (£32.00)Publisher: London: Milner & Company — 1878Binding: Hardback Condition: Very Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Pages gently tanned with scattered spotting throughout. Blanks more heavily tanned. Description: Publishing date unstated, dated from references. Illustrated by way of: Frontispiece; Advertisements;Notes: Size: 6¾" x 4". Bevelled Blind-stamped Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 269 [18] pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella short
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Six Roads to Bethlehem by W. E. Cule (£32.00)Publisher: National Sunday School Union — 1944Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good - in Good DJ. DJ somewhat edgeworn with several nicks and chips, lower panel somewhat soiled. Price Clipped. Bruised at head and tail. Remnants of bookplate to ffep. Internally bright and clean.Description: Six delightful stories of 'Stars and Wise Men,' human, and sometimes whimsical, stories that trace the golden thread that is woven into many humble, humdrum lives and which ofttimes leads others to a nobler, fuller life, into the realm in which the Spirit of Bethlehem becomes a reality. Illustrated. 127pp. Size: 8vo Crown (7½" x 5") Dust wrapper in protective, removable sleeve.
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The Complete Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. [Clive Staples] Lewis (£32.00)Publisher: London: Diamond Books — 1998Binding: Hardback in Slip Case [ISBN: 0261670972]Condition: Very Good — in Good Slip Case. Slip case rubbed at the corners. Light creasing to a couple of leaves of volume II. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Contains: The Magician's Nephew; The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe; The Horse And His Boy; Prince Caspian; The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; The Last Battle;Notes: Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. Size: 9" x 5¾". Pictorial boards. Tags: lewis pauline baynes 0261670972 narnia imaginary juvenile fiction fantasy english children stories fantastic
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The Cell by David Case (£31.00)Publisher: New York: Hill & Wang — 1969Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0809033836]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little wrinkled at the edges, rubbed at the spine ends and corners. Notable shelf cock. First blank excised. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: From the cover: “Readers of the three tales in this book will find themselves irresistibly compelled to lock all their doors and windows before turning out the light. The Cell is the diary of a werewolf — or a madman — a day-by-day description of his “illness” as it gains control and turns him into a brutal killer. A different sort of killer stalks the moors of Dartmoor in The Hunter, defying the efforts of the police to track him down. In The Dead End a manlike creature of mysterious origin roams the barren hills of Tierra del Fuego trying to satisfy his lust for blood.

The sure craftsmanship of these tales proves that David Case is a natural storyteller, completely at home in the genre developed by Poe, Jules Verne, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Alan Cober. Size: 8¼" x 5¾". Red boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 269 pages. Tags: american awfulness baleful blood-lust books chilling creatures creepy dark deathly disgust disturbing dreadful dreadfulness evil fear-provoking fears fearsome fictional foul frightening ghastly ghoulish grisly gruesome horrendous horrible horrid horrifying horror insatiable lurid macabre malevolence menacing morbid nasty nerve-jangling nightmares nightmarish novels ominous places repulsion revolting revulsion scares scary shocking sinister stories tales terrible terrifying terror terrorizing threatening underworld unnerving unsettling vile
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Three Men in a Boat (to Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K. [Klapka] Jerome (£31.00)Publisher: Bristol: Arrowsmith — 1946Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the rather grubby dust wrapper which has a little loss at the spine ends and many further nicks. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Pages very gently age-tanned. Description: Notes: Size: 7½" x 5". Black boards with Blue titling to the Spine. [VI] 190 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella short boats boating male friendship adventure english humorous 19th century thames river england
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Englishness and Empire 1939-1965 by Wendy Webster (£29.00)Publisher: Oxford University Press — 2005Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0199258600]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: From the cover: “Did loss of imperial power and the end of empire have any significant impact on metropolitan culture and identity after 1939? Within a burgeoning literature on national identity and Englishness, this is a question that has received surprisingly little attention.

Drawing on extensive research in the media archive, Wendy Webster’s highly readable study investigates popular narratives of nation, and the significance of empire and its legacies in shaping national identity after 1939. What were the tensions and uncertainties involved in defining a post-imperial nation? How did imperial legacies inform questions about who belonged in Britain and debates about race, immigration, and nationality? What did the Commonwealth mean? What was the significance of America to the making of a post-imperial nation? Focusing on stories told through prolific filmic and television imagery — the Second World War, the Coronation and Everest, colonial wars of the 1950s, Winston Churchill’s funeral — the book explores how far, and in what contexts and unexpected places, imperial identity and loss of imperial power resonated in popular narratives of nation.

A novel thematic focus on empire and Englishness in the post-1945 period makes this an important study for scholars and students of modern British history, empire and Commonwealth, decolonization, migration, gender, ethnicity, and race.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 253 pages. Tags: webster 0199258600 nationalism great britain imperialism public opinion history 20th century postcolonialism commonwealth nations national characteristics mass media english colonies george england civilization elizabeth
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Hard Cash: A Matter-of-fact Romance by Charles Reade (£29.00)Publisher: London: Chatto & Windus — 1894Binding: Hardback [½ Leather] Condition: Very Good. Gently faded at the spine with a little rubbing to the leather overall, some small marks to the boardsDescription: Illustrated by way of: All edges gilt; Vignette to the title page;Notes: Illustrated by F. W. Lawson. Size: 7½" x 5". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVI] 474 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella short english
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The Releat Encyclopedia of Vegetarian Living by Peter Cox (£29.00)Publisher: Bloomsbury — 1995Binding: Paperback First Edition. [ISBN: 0747521719]Condition: Very Good.Description: The ultimate authoritative guide including: Health; Nutrition; Issues and Ethics; Over 300 of the world's best vegetarian and vegan recipes; When to take food supplements;Notes: Size: 9¾" x 7½". 376 pages. Tags: additives addresses affiliated alcohol allergies alternative and animals appendices are authorised avoid bloodsports bodybuilding branches britain business careers case centres common cosmetics cow destroying diets domestic don't eating elderly environment europe european experiments factory famous fare farming fish food for fur future gardening green groups grown handbook health healthy homes how
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Mark of the Lion Gift Collection: Voice in the Wind; an Echo in the Darkness; as Sure as the Dawn; by Francine Rivers (£28.50)Publisher: Carol Stream: Tyndale House Publishers — 2008Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0842339523]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Slip Case. Single reading crease to the spine of each volume otherwise a nice set. Description: Contains: Maps;Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9" x 6"). [XV/XXIII/XXV] 522/453/482 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella short christian writers novelists 0842339523
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A Horseman Through Six Reigns: The Reminiscences Of A Royal Riding Master by Horace Smith (£28.00)Publisher: Odhams Press — 1955Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper frayed and rubbed with loss at the spine ends and tips. Boards sunned at the margins. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Horace (‘Cadogan’) Smith—the man who taught the Queen to ride — is known and respected throughout what he himself calls the “Horsey” world. He has lived and worked among horses for three-quarters of a century, and has won prize after prize at major horse shows all over Britain, from the International Horse Show at Olympia downwards. As a dealer he has bought and sold nearly twelve thousand horses during his lifetime. And as a judge of horses Horace Smith has been — and still is — in great demand at all the leading shows in Britain and many in Europe and America as well.

There is a strong sense of nostalgia about his brightly written autobiography. In these pages he transports the reader back through the years to a world that is no more, picturing spacious, leisurely days that had a charm all their own.

The horse was the normal form of road transport when Mr. Smith’s career began in the last decade of Queen Victoria’s reign. He joined his father in the well-established family business of W. J. Smith Limited, Horse Dealers, when he was sixteen. And many are the fascinating stories he has to relate of the cut-throat competition in the horse trade in London at the turn of the century.”
Notes: Size: 8½" x 5½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 224 pages. Tags: and biography britain coaching correspondence great horace horsemanship horsemen horsewomen reminiscences smith
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A Time Of Changes by Robert Silverberg (£28.00)Publisher: Victor Gollancz — 1973Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0575016108]Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a snag to the tail. Leans. Edges of the textblock heavily spotted. Ex-Public Library: Lending card to the first blank; Library stamp to the title page verso; Tape remnants to the pastedowns & blanks;Description: Notes: Size: 8" x 5¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 221 pages. Tags: 0575016108 time changes science fiction american short stories downward earth second trip dying inside nightwings
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A Walk with a White Bushman by Laurens Van der Post (£28.00)Publisher: Chatto & Windus — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780701131685]Condition: Good+ - in Very Good DJ. Pages heavily age-tanned.Description: Conversations with Jean-Marc Pottiez. The result is a book brimming with ideas, insights, people and events; at once thoughtful and exciting, mellow yet full of promise, autobiographical but also topical. For all the apparent diversity of its elements - world leaders, writers, tribes people, politicians, intriguing stories of human and animal life - they are held together by Laurens van der Post's distinctive and cohesive vision. All form part of a whole, a positive, healing, unifying outlook which is sustained by a strong set of values forged from a lifetime of intense experience and challenge.Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". 326 pages. Tags: Laurens Van der Post Pottiez
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Blind Love and Other Stories by V. S. Pritchett (£28.00)Publisher: Chatto & Windus — 1969Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Very slightly ruffled edges of DJ. Price Clipped. Head of spine slightly crushed. Internally bright and clean.Description: To all of the short stories within this book, the author brings all his characteristic vivacity and versatility, comic sparkle and astringency, deepened in some of them by a compassionate understanding of the predicaments into which people are led by accident, by an hour of folly, or by ingrained habits of mind. 224pp. Size: 8vo Large Post (8¼" x 5") Dust wrapper in protective, removable sleeve.
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Celebration of the Somerset and Dorset Railway by Alan Hammond (£28.00)Publisher: Bath: Millstream Books — 2006Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0948975768]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: A limited printing of 2,500 copies of which this is number 1128. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps [1];

From the cover: “Sunday 6th March 1966 was the saddest day in the history of the Somerset & Dorset Railway — the day when the Beeching axe fell and the final passenger trains powered their way over the Mendip Hills and across the Somerset Levels.

Forty years on, there is life again. No fewer than four separate organisations are working hard to preserve all that this cross-country branch stood for. And thanks to the continuing efforts of Alan Hammond to record the memories and images of those who worked on the line, more people than ever have discovered the magic of the S&D. This splendid fifth album of photographs and stories brings alive again what has made the railway so special for so many and provides a most fitting 40th anniversary celebration.

This was truly a family line, both for the many generations of different families who gave their working lives to it and in the spirit of unity which pervaded all its operations. It is that spirit which shines out from the wonderfully evocative photographs in the book.

Nowhere is that spirit of the S&D better displayed than in the accounts of the six young firemen as they learnt the joys and trials of coaxing their locomotives over some of the toughest terrain and in so doing established long-lasting friendships with many a driver.

Forty years on, too, we celebrate England’s great World Cup football triumph and it is fitting that one of the heroes of 1966, Alan Ball, should write the delightful foreword for this Celebration.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Alan Ball. Size: 11" x 8¾". Yellow boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Tags: somerset dorset joint railway history railroads england central bristol exeter highbridge brunel broad gauge evercreech bath coalfields radstock mendip hills engines rolling stock victorian politics 9780948975769
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Public Parts And Private Places by Robin Cook (£28.00)Publisher: London: Hutchinson & Co (Publishers) Ltd — 1967Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, frayed slightly at the head of the spine which is a little sunned. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Notes: Jacket designed by Jack Larkin. Size: 8" x 5¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 208 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella shortfirst editions firsts first printings 1st english 1900
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