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A chronicle, serious and humorous, of the Battalion while serving with the British Expeditionary Force
Gloucester, John Jennings, 1915-1919 [1923].

First edition in book form. Small folio (345 x 220 mm). Original pictorial brown cloth blocked and lettered in black.

The first edition in book form of this important trench newspaper created by the 5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment, reissuing all twenty-five of the original 'gazettes' printed between 1915 & 1919. The issues, which regularly attained a circulation of over 1500 copies, drew on the wealth of talent which existed amongst the ranks of the Battalion, including the well-known poet F.W. Harvey, who contributed over seventy poems and verses.


London, Fourth Estate, 2006.

First edition. Signed by the author. 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket, priced £14.99.

Signed by the author on the title-page. This prize-winning novel tells the story of the Biafran War through the perspective of the characters Olanna, Ugwu, and Richard. Subsequently made into a film.


Prepared on behalf of the Admiralty and the War Office
[London], Admiralty War Staff Intelligence Division, 1916.

8vo. Original wallet-style blue cloth with fold-over section, lettered in gilt.

A great copy of this handbook issued during the First World War on behalf of the Admiralty and the War Office for official, intelligence purposes.


London, John Gifford, 1961.

First edition. Signed presentation copy from the author. 8vo. Original boards. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6d.

Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, 'To George, With remembrance of a loyal friendship and unfailing help, George Bellairs'. Attractive jacket artwork on this later Inspector Thomas Littlejohn novel.


Paris, The Olympia Press, 1959.

First edition, first issue with original price of "Francs 1.500" on the back wrapper. 8vo. Original publisher's stiff green wrappers.

The first edition of Beat Generation Burroughs' most famous work, banned in the UK and USA at the time.


London & New York, T. V. Boardman, 1959.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original orange cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6d.

A good example of the first UK edition of this work, issued as number 242 in the 'American Bloodhound Mystery' series.

Modern Literature

Dunstan (Mary) Live On


London, Constable and Company Ltd, 1936.

First edition. 8vo. Original red boards. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

An attractive first edition, the story revolves around the compelling attraction of some monolithic stones in the highlands of Scotland and the spell that they weave.

Modern Literature

Fowles (John) The Aristos


A self-portrait in Ideas
London, Jonathan Cape, 1965.

First edition. 8vo. Original black boards. Dust-jacket, priced 30s.

Fowles' "self-portrait in ideas", in which he tries to represent the necessity of the individual not to conform. Published on the heels of his success with The Collector.


South Africa 1929
n.p., International Geological Congress, [1929].

Index, introduction (fold-out black and white colour maps) + 22 booklets (incomplete, lacking 1 issue 'C19'), with additional general programme (32 pages + pull-out map). 8vo. Loose as issued, housed in original grey cloth slip-case with French title and the Congress logo to spine.

An important series of pamphlets published for the International Geological Congress of 1929, including contributions by noted geologists such as du Toit, Rogers, Haughton, Hall & Wagner and others, being guides to accompany delegates on excursions all over South Africa to various geologically noteworthy sites. Places include Chapman's Peak & the peninsula, Kimberley, Pilanesberg, Pretoria salt-pan and iron ore deposits, Vredefort, the Eastern Escarpment, Port Elizabeth, southern & northern Rhodesia, among others. Rare.


London, Robert Hale, 1948.

First edition. 8vo. Original black boards. Dust-jacket, priced 8/6.

An attractive first edition of one of the 'Dormouse' titles, by the author of The Ghoul.


London, Routledge, 1936.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 10s6d.

Analysis of the socio-political future drawn up during an age of fear and anxiety by the journalist and author Langdon-Davies.


London, Hurst & Blackett, 1925.

First edition. Clipped autograph inscription from the author laid onto title-page. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

Note from the author pasted onto title-page, wishing warmest greetings to a friend.


London, The Hogarth Press, 1959.

First edition, first issue (with piano factory fire mentioned). 8vo. Original green boards. Dust-jacket.

The first edition of this famously captivating memoir of rural life in a bygone era, as seen through the eyes of a young boy growing up in the idyllic Gloucestershire countryside.


Introduction by Oliver Tambo. Edited by Ruth First
London, Heinemann, 1965.

First edition. 8vo. Original black boards lettered in gilt. Dust-jacket.

A very good first edition of Mandela's collected early writings, including his famous speech at the Rivonia Trial (1964). Distinctly uncommon, preceding his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom by almost thirty years.

Modern Literature

Middleton (Stanley) Holiday


London, Hutchinson, 1974.

First edition, second impression. 8vo. Original blue boards. Dust-jacket, price-clipped, with publisher's promotional bellyband.

The second printing of the joint Booker Prize Winner (with The Conservationist, by Nadine Gordimer) in 1974.


London, Heinemann, 1963.

First edition. 8vo. Original burgundy boards. Dust-jacket, priced 21s.

The important consideration on the history and development of Ghana, by the Ghanaian politician, political theorist and revolutionary Kwame Nkrumah, who served as the first Prime Minister and President of Ghana, having led the Gold Coast to independence from Britain in 1957.

Modern Literature

Puzo (Mario) The Godfather


London, Heinemann, 1969.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original black cloth lettered in gilt. Dust-jacket.

The first UK edition of Puzo's gangster classic, made hugely well-known through the film series by Francis Ford Copolla.

Modern Literature

Pynchon (Thomas) V.


A Novel
London, Jonathan Cape, 1963.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original black boards. Dust-jacket, priced 25s.

A very good first UK edition of Thomas Pynchon's first novel, a macabre twentieth century classic; uncommon in such condition.


With an introduction by V.I. Lenin
New York, International Publishers, [?1926].

8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced $1.50.

An early reprint by the publishing house of the USA Communist Party of Reed's famous firsthand account of the 1917 Russian October Revolution, originally published in 1919. The introduction by Lenin was first added to an edition published in 1922. The NYPL records an edition published by International Publishers and ascribes the date to 1926, but we could not locate a date preceding 1939 for the Eugene Varga title promoted on the rear inside flap, so it may be later.


The startling story of an English woman who failed to secure common justice from the government of South Africa
London, Trefoil Publishing Company, 1933.

First edition. Signed presentation inscription from the author. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

Full length inscription by the author on the front inside flap of the jacket, written in November 1932, describing the recipient, one [?]Mrs Jeffreys, as a "shining light" and passing on Christmas greetings.


London, Geoffrey Bles, 1960.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket.

One of the last Lancelot Priestley novels by this prolific writer.

Modern Literature

Rutter (Owen) Violation.


A Variation on an Old Theme
London, Robert Hale, [1941].

First edition. Publisher's File Copy (stamp to front endpaper). 8vo. Original blue cloth. Dust-jacket.

Great jacket artwork by Golden Cockerel Press regular Dorothea Braby. An updated take on 'The Rape of Lucrece', about the legendary Roman noblewoman Lucretia.


A survey of flagellation in its historical anthropological and sociological aspects
London, Torchstream Books, 1950.

Eighth impression (extra-illustrated). 8vo. Original dark blue cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 21s.

'George Ryley Scott (6 October 1886[1] – c. 1980) was a prolific British author of books about sexual intercourse, active from the late 1920s to the 1970s.' (Wikipedia)


Southern Rhodesia, Rhodesian Printers Ltd, 1956.

First edition. 8vo. Original green cloth. Dust-jacket.

A very good first edition of this fascinating work on the modern history and development of Katanga, one of the four large provinces created in the Belgian Congo in 1914, written by someone who was actively involved over various periods of time.


A Tale of Cosmic Adventure
Pennsylvania, Fantasy Press, 1948.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, priced $3.00.

'No single phrase can adequately describe "Triplanetary". It might be termed a Galactic Romance, or a Cosmological Fantasy, since it is a work of the imagination with the cosmos as its background. But above all else, it is a story, a story of thinking beings, human, super-human, and alien.' (dust-jacket blurb)


A Police Diversion
London, Collins Crime Club, 1950.

First edition. 8vo. Original dark orange cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 8s6d.

A good example of this incredibly versatile writer's detective fiction, featuring his series character Chief Detective Inspector McKay.


London, Macmillan, 1953.

First edition. 8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket.

A penetrating satire on the life of a street in a seaside town, capturing the seedy gentility of the permanent residents of Barcelona Road.


South Africa, Trigonometric Survey Office, [c.1945]. 4 volumes (complete). Small folio (c. 340 x 210 mm) when closed. Large linen-backed folding maps in original pictorial boards. A complete set of this important work relating to the air routes in Africa at the time, comprising: Ndola/Germiston, Ndola/Nairobi Kisumu, Nairobi Kisumu/Khartoum and Cairo/Khartoum. The scale is 1:1,000,000. The maps show air routes, aerodromes, landing grounds, prohibited areas, air corridors, overhead high tension cables and magnetic course. Rare complete.


Knap U Engels Op (Brush up your English)
London, Dent, 1941.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket.

From the famous 'Brush Up' series.


London, Hammond, Hammond, 1947.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, price-clipped with price-sticker for '3/6'.

An attractive example of this uncommon title by a seemingly relatively obscure author...

War, Invasion & Spy

Witten (George) Outlaw Trails


A Yankee Hobo Soldier of the Queen
New York, Minton, Balch & Company, 1929.

First edition. 8vo. Original brown cloth lettered in red. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

The autobiography of an American 'hobo' who served with the British Mounted Police and cavalry during the Boer War.


London, Herbert Jenkins, 1951.

First edition in book form. 8vo. Original orange cloth blocked in black. Dust-jacket,

Originally serialised in Collier's magazine from 24 June to 22 July 1950, under the title Phipps to the Rescue, this romantic comedy involving butlers, safecracking, movie moguls and film stars is largely set in Hollywood.