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Hand On the Alibi: A Novel of Detection by John Bude [Ernest Elmore] (£451.00)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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To Find A Golden Pony by Amanda Gavin [Clodagh Micaela Gibson Jarvie] (£276.00)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
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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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
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Cyprian Masques by Pierre Louys (£152.00)Publisher: London: The Fortune Press — 1929Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with several small nicks and chips. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. The pages are somewhat tanned, if tight, and a little musty but with the splits starting at a couple of the gathers with some leaves unopened at the top edge.Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates [6]; Publishing date unstated, dated from references. This edition, printed by the Whitefriars Press, is limited to 75 copies on heavy unbleached hand-made paper, numbered 1-75, and 1200 copies on Kelmscott hand-made paper, numbered 76-1275 this copy being number 80.Notes: Illustrated by Beresford Egan. Size: 8¾" x 6¼". Marbled Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXI] 137 pages. Tags: ruby melvill fiction novels literature stories story novella short louy¨s pierre 1870-1925 egan beresford
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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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
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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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Cuthbert and Bimbo / Desmond by Althea [Althea Braithwaite] (£66.00)Publisher: Cambridge: Polyprint — 1967Binding: Paperback Signed by the Author.Condition: Very Good. Description: Signed by the author on the title page, dedicated to Leila in both instances — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Additionally, laid in photocopied article with signed post-it appplied. Contains: Black & white drawings; Colour drawings;Notes: Size: 4" x 10" / 3" x 8¼". Tags: children’s stories english texts, juvenile, fiction, signed author, books written althea [althea braithwaite]
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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The Khufra Run by James Graham [Jack Higgins] (£66.00)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
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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
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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
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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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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
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The Undone Years: Magdalen College; Roll of Honour 1939-1947 and Roll of Service 1939-1945; and Vietnam by Roger Hutchins & Richard Sheppard (£49.00)Publisher: Oxford: Magdalen College — 2004Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0953643506]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Previous owners' name to the head of the title page. Description: A limited printing of 450 copies, not numbered. Contains: List of subscribers; Black & white photographs; Maps; Tables; List of abbreviations; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Glossary; Frontispiece;

From the cover: “This book is principally a biographical dictionary of the 119 men of Magdalen College who lost their lives in the Allied armed forces or died as a result of enemy action between 1939 and 1947 while serving to ensure our freedom. We have also included the only German member of Magdalen known to have died in World War Two, and one fatality in the Vietnam War. The Roll of Service lists the 1,275 Magdalen men now known to have served in World War Two.

This book has two aims. First, to keep alive the memory of a generation of Magdalen students, old members, choristers, academic and non-academic staff, whose lives were overtaken by war. The experience of each of those who died is set within the context of the campaigns in which they fought and, with the aid of maps, can be followed by anyone without previous military knowledge. For some hardy men World War Two provided opportunities they could not have equalled in peacetime, and they volunteered for extraordinary service. Others loathed the war and its waste, but did their duty. The individual stories are complemented by photographs of 93 of the men (including the German and Vietnam fatalities), and together offer an understanding of the experience of war from the perspective of individuals.

Second, the book includes a Roll of Service to identify nearly all those Magdalen men who were caught up in the War. By showing the diversity of service rendered by the members of one small institution, it acknowledges the debt owed to all World War Two veterans. By these two means the book completes Magdalen’s commemoration of those of its members whose lives, as Wilfred Owen put it in his poem Strange Meeting, were ‘undone’ by wars in the last century.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Bob Elliot. Size: 10" x 7". Burgundy boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [LI] 491 pages. Tags: university oxford, magdalen college, second world war, rolls honour, registers oxford, public services, vietnam war, schools, higher education, universities, university, oxford, books written roger hutchins richard sheppard, 0953643506
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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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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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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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Hands to Dance by Charles Causley (£31.00)Publisher: London: Carroll & Nicholson — 1951Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn with a chip to the foot of the upper panel, a stain to the foot of the lower, and tanned overall. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: From the cover: “In this remarkable first collection of long and short stories, Charles Causley writes with wit and gusto and imaginative power not only of the Navy (in which he spent nearly six years), but also of his native Cornwall. The stories range from the deceptively peaceful market-towns of the West of England to the life of the matelot in Gibraltar, West Africa, the islands of the Mediterranean, Alexandria and Australia. He captures with zest and an infectious enthusiasm such diverse characters as the fantastic Captain Exe, Goldie: the apprehensive ex-p. o. w. , an ill-assorted Spanish family (in Adios, Gibraltar), a whole array of old Naval “sweats,” and pins them down on the paper alive and kicking.

We predict a considerable future for this lively young author whom Henry Williamson has described in The Adelphi, as “a born writer” and of whom J. C. Trewin has written in The West Country Magazine: He is a major discovery in the literature of the West of England.”
Notes: Size: 7½" x 5". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 222 pages. Tags: short stories, english, naval unit histories, great britain, second world war, ranks training schools, hms royal arthur, first edition books, books written charles causley
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Maigret On Holiday by Georges Simenon (£31.00)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 (£31.00)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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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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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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SPQR by Paul Hyde Bonner (£28.00)Publisher: Derek Verschoyle — 1953Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with rubbing at the spine ends and corners. Knocked at the bottom corner of the lower board. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Tanning to the blanks. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: From the cover: “It was the brand of ancient Rome and it stood for Senatus Popiihisqiie Romanus. The letters proclaimed that whatever was thus labelled was Rome’s property; today they still appear on objects owned by the city. And today Rome still puts this mark on its captives, as Lovat Fraser, First Secretary of the American Embassy, discovers.

He has been warned about the Roman virus. “Never get deeply involved in a Roman love affair or really entangled in the life of a Roman”, said a wise colleague; “for once you do that, you will cease to serve your country and will serve only them”. As the story opens, wise counsel has prevailed for a long time. But Fraser is young, healthy and unmarried. Suddenly his control breaks completely. Within a few days the startled diplomat finds himself involved with not one but two Roman women (one is American-born, it is true, but she has become Roman to the core). Dazzled by the brilliance of Roman society, the splendour of the palaces, and, above all, by the charms of the beautiful Duchess of Lanza, Fraser throws caution to the winds. In the weeks that follow he is swept along by an intricate chain of events which includes the unmasking of a Communist agent and a murder. For a while he believes that his career is in jeopardy; but the spell breaks just in time, and this witty and sophisticated novel ends on a cheerful note.

Paul Hyde Bonner writes of Rome and its surrounding Campagna with great descriptive skill, and his readers will find long before they reach the end that they too have fallen under the spell of the Eternal City.”
Notes: Size: 8" x 5". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 274 pages. Tags: historical chronicles narration chronicle narrative storyline medieval earlier ancient account history england fiction stories middle period bygone legend annals times olden fable story tale saga ages days yore myth past one day old
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The Explorers Guild Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala by Jon Baird, with Kevin Costner & Stephen Meyer (£28.00)Publisher: New York: Atria Books — 2015Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9781471153723]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates; Black & White Drawings; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “Developed by Academy Award winner Kevin Costner, this is a magnificently produced, illustrative adventure story about a clandestine society of rogue voyagers on a mission to discover the mysteries that lie beyond the boundaries of the known world. Behind the staid public rooms of an old world gentlemen’s club operates a more mysterious organization: The Explorers’ Guild, a clandestine group of adventurers who bravely journey to those places in which light gives way to shadow and reason is usurped by myth. The secrets they seek are hidden in mountain ranges and lost in deserts, buried in the ocean floor and lodged deep in polar ice.

The aim of The Explorers’ Guild: to discover the mysteries that lie beyond the boundaries of the known world. Set against the backdrop of World War I, with Western Civilization on the edge of calamity, the first instalment in The Explorers’ Guild series, A Passage to Shambhala, concerns the Guild’s quest to find the golden city of Buddhist myth. The search will take them from the Polar North to the Mongolian deserts, through the underground canals of Asia to deep inside the Himalayas, before the fabled city finally divulges its secrets and the globe-spanning journey plays out to its startling conclusion. The Explorers’ Guild is a rare publishing opportunity, powered by the creative passion of one of the world’s true storytelling masters, Kevin Costner.”
Notes: Illustrated by Rick Ross. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Illustrated Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [XIII] 770 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella shortfirst editions firsts first printings 1st fantasy explorers shambhala adventure 9781471153723
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The Sailor's Nelson by Admiral Mark Kerr (£28.00)Publisher: Hurst & Blackett — 1932Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Poor. Boards rubbed and bumped, notably at the corners, somewhat soiled in places and sunned at the spine. Top edges of text block dusty. Internally bright and clean but with remnants of sticker to back pastedown and bfep.Description: Black cloth with gilt titling to spine. Fold-out maps. This book is not only for Naval experts, but for any person who wishes to know the unique charm of our best-loved hero, so I have endeavoured to show Nelson, not only as the greatest war-strategist and tactician in history, but also as the foremost leader of men amongst the warriors of the world. In order to do this it is necessary to give authentic stories of his life, and also to show his character as revealed in his letters to his greatest friend, Captain Locker, and other people. Errata slip tipped in at preface. 288pp. Index. Size: 8vo Medium (8" x 5½" approx.)Tags: palmerston carraciolo troubridge fitzgerald devonshire coletalino santissima cornwallis tarantella midshipman marseilles imprisoned conquerant drinkwater foudroyant conception antoinette expedition bull-feast copenhagen wellington enterprise aboukirbay lieutenant commission redoutable bucentaure billington buckingham courageaux villeneuve charlemont fremantle addington dannebrog pregnancy hallowell commander narcissus secretary promotion blackwood floggings sovereign mutineers souverain correglia attitudes rotherham recapture gibraltar
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The Treacle Mine Affair by D. E. Tucker (£28.00)Publisher: The Book Guild — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0863328407]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Slight tanning to the edges of the text block otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: From the cover: “One summer the inhabitants of Bincombe begin to behave strangely. They do not know they have been ‘pixillated’ by a peculiar effluent from the local disused lead workings, which include the oddly named ‘Treacle Mine’.

When Peg and Robin join their country cousins Helen and Adrian at Up-hill Farm for the holidays they form an intrepid team to unravel the fate of some stolen cattle and the mystery of the mine. They become entangled in an adventure much more dangerous and exciting than anything they had bargained for. For instance, Adrian’s Geiger counter shows such disturbing results on samples of water that radioactivity adds a frightening threat to the adventure. Strangers invade the village, headed by a master criminal called ‘The Octopus’. They are obviously up to no good and the daring quartet decide to infiltrate the Roman Cavern — scene of the crooks’ nefarious activities.

The boys make an horrific underground descent through a swallow-hole, but their dangerous attempt only raises more questions as to what dreadful scheme the gang are actually involved in. A good deal of hard work on a steam traction engine, plus the loyal support of their dog Shep, enables the cousins to penetrate the villains’ defences and uncover a wicked intrigue which threatens even more than the well-being of the village.

The final part of the adventure takes them into awesome underground passages, where stalagmites and stalactites provide a surrealistic setting for a crime which has distinctly contemporary significance. This thrilling narrative not only gives the reader an exciting mystery to solve — it also provides rich information on country living and on some of the environmental issues that concern us today.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Louise Gardner. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 167 pages. Tags: action activity adolescent adult adventure adventurers american anglo animals authors beasts bestseller books bookshelf british brothers child childish children’s childrens children's christian classics curriculum education enduring english escapade exciting exploit fairy-tale family famous fantasy fiction forces full-length historical history hunter imaginary imagination invented journey joy junior juvenile kid kingdom language legend literary literature made-up magic magical minor modern mystery 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 youngsters youth youthful
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In Search of the Maquis: Rural Resistance in Southern France, 1942-1944 by H. R. [Harry Roderick] Kedward (£27.00)Publisher: Oxford: Clarendon Press — 2003Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0198205783]Condition: Near Fine. Description: Illustrated by way of: Maps;

From the cover: “In Search of the Maquis is a study of the maquis in southern France, the Resisters who took to the woods and hills in the struggle against the German Occupation in the Second World War. Edward’s detailed and perceptive account explores what participation in the maquis meant for those involved, both at the time and subsequently. He examines the motivations of the maquisards and how the circumstances of occupation and resistance affected the ways of life of rural communities in the south of France.

This is a rich and original book which achieves a fruitful integration of extensive archival research and oral history. Professor Kedward’s scholarly and readable history allows the voices of individuals to be heard, and offers us important insights into the nature of community and regional tradition. From the many fascinating and moving individual stories emerge a sense of place, a clearer understanding of the maquisard, and an unsentimental assessment of the role of the maquis in French history.”
Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). In the Clarendon Paperbacks series. [XVII] 340 pages. Tags: underground movements france southern history campaigns terrorism freedom fighters armed struggle europe maquis resistance rural areas german occupation guerrillas third reich guerrilla warfare 0198205783
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Murder On The Camp by J. H. [James Henry] Waring (£27.00)Publisher: Ilfracombe: Arthur H. Stockwell — 1973Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0722304846]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains:Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Green boards with Black titling to the Spine. 223 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella shortfirst editions firsts first printings 1st english 0722304846 9780722304846
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