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£150

First edition.
London. Gollancz, 1934
Novel about a doctor in a small town, written by one-time house physician at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Uncommon.

£100

Stories of Several Worlds. First edition, Heinemann, 1938.

£120

First edition, Heinemann, 1900. A pleasing first edition of this early novel by the creator of Mapp and Lucia.

£350

First UK edition, Collins, 1926. A jazz age title about a novelist, Henry Blackstone ‘who has never attained the wide popularity to which his gifts entitle him’ whose travails make him ‘vulnerable to, and ripe for the crisis which comes when he meets Mrs Thurlow’.

£135

First UK edition.
London. Hodder & Stoughton, 1942
The fourth Dr Kildare novel rarely encountered in the first edition jacket.

£150

First UK edition.
London. Hodder & Stoughton, 1940
Front panel shows scene from 1939 MGM film of the same name. Rare.

£125

First edition.
London, Hutchinson, 1922
Jacket showing panorama of Venice skyline where the novel, a romance, is largely set. Fabulous wrapper art.

£395

First edition.
London, Putnam, 1936
A very elusive political satire in which a Scottish shirt maker - Andrew McAndrew - corners the market for political shirts. In the novel the author satirises the symbolic power of the shirt with garments whose actual colour imbue the wearer with a political attitude. What’s not to like about a novel that pokes fun at Oswald Mosley’s Fascist Blackshirt movement.

£125

First edition, in early reprint wrapper priced at 2/6' (the first issue was priced 7/6').
London. Duckworth, 1925
A novel about the Irish ‘revolution’ in 1916.

£250

First edition. Author’s first novel.
London, Constable, 1935
This is an exceptional novel about ordinary people. Each of the central characters lives in the same tenement building in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, an area inhabited by Jewish immigrants. Rare in d/w.

£85


First edition.
London, Heinemann, 1955.

A tale of romance, gambling, revenge and redemption, subject to two film adaptations.

Modern Literature

Grier (Sydney) Writ in Water

£325

First edition.
Edinburgh & London. William Blackwood, 1913
very rare in dust-jacket, correctly priced at 6/- "It would need more than a ten years' change of date and a series of pseudonyms to conceal the fact that Sydney Grier has taken the events which happened in the Jamaica rising of the early 'sixties as her theme and Governor Eyre as her hero. " [Spectator, October 1913]

£110

First edition, first printing. London, William Heinemann Ltd, 1936 'Radclyffe Hall has had the courage to set down the thoughts and conversations of her characters without censorship. Here is English as it is really spoken by the poor in cottage, field and inn' (dust-jacket) Dust-jacket by Edgar Holloway.

Modern Literature

Jacobs (W.W.) Sea Whispers

£195

First edition.
London. Hodder & Stoughton, 1926
Nautical short stories. Very rare in dust-jacket.

£125

First UK edition. Translated by Denys Oglander. London, Cobden-Sanderson, 1936. Striking 3 tone Modernist jacket design including naive cursive lettering. Elisabeth Arsenieff, a young girl belonging to an impoverished family in Berlin, misses by chance the opportunity of marrying the man she really loves, and marries instead one who helps her to a triumphant career as a pianist. Long afterwards, too late, she meets the first man again, and sees her whole life as " nothing but an entr'acte between two concerts." Uncommon in jacket.

£125

First edition.
London. Philip Allan, 1925
Anthology covering amongst other things murders, mutinies, maroonings and other tales of horror on the high seas. Scarce in jacket.

£250

London, Macmillan and Co, 1940. First film tie-in edition.

£425

First edition.
London. Neville Spearman, 1957
A well regarded collection of short stories mainly set in the American South and most of them among poor people. The short story that gives the book refers to statues popular in the Jim Crow-era Southern United States, depicting grotesque minstrel-like characters.

£135


First edition.
London, Robert Hale, 1936.

A psychological thriller set in colonial India. Rare.

Modern Literature

Schaefer (Jack) Shane.

£225

First UK edition.
London. Andre Deutsch, 1954
Key item for any ‘book into film’ collector.

£175

First edition, Huchinson, [1943]. A rare collection of short stories, particularly scarce in the dust-jacket.

£375

First edition, [1942]. A collection of Wheatley's short stories, rare in the dust-jacket. Included with this is a signed photograph of the German singer & actress Renate Müller (1906-1937), who was the inspiration for the Wheatley short story 'Espionage'. A tragic life cut short on the back of a blossoming career, either being murdered by the Gestapo or intimidated by them sufficiently that she seemingly took her own life. The story and a short discussion of the incident involved are included in this collection.