Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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This is the ROBERT TEMPLE BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE. It contains descriptions and notes relating to almost 18,000 titles in the fields of British and American literature, being the bulk of the stock that has passed through our hands since 1984, with the addition of a few earlier items of especial interest. Books currently in stock are not included, and it is therefore necessary to supplement your search by looking at our Current Catalogues. For the most part full bibliographical descriptions are given, though for some earlier items, catalogued when computing space was more restricted the details given are quite brief. For an account of the conventions adopted, the abbreviations used, and reference sources consulted, please see our information pages.




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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MORTIMER (John). The Narrowing Stream. Collins, St James's Place, 1954. Dark dull blue boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in frayed and slightly marked dust-wrapper.



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MORTON (Charles). Frankly, George: Or Letters to a Publisher from an Author Whose First Book Is about to Appear. J.B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia and New York, 1951. One gathering, Roy.16mo; two blanks at front and back serving as end-papers; pale green cloth, white label printed in pale green on front cover. Virtually fine copy in tattered remains of tissue dust-wrapper.

Presentation copy with the author's signed holograph inscription to Nora Smallwood on the front end-paper. Second Impression.

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MORTON (J.B.). Old man's beard. Philip Allan & Co., Quality Court, Chancery Lane, September, 1923. Title-page printed in red and black; blue linen effect boards, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. Spine slightly faded; prelims. a little foxed; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper faded on the spine.

The ‘Third Book of Vagabondage'.

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MORTON (J.B.). Hilaire Belloc: a Memoir. Hollis & Carter, 1955. Demy 8vo; portrait frontispiece; red cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. red. Slight, light, foxing of edges, end-papers, and title-page; small damp-splash on upper edges; otherwise a fine copy.



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MOTTRAM (Eric). [Cover title:] A prosthetics of poetry: The art of Bob Cobbing. [On recto of back end-paper:] Second Aeon magazine, 3 Maplewood Court, Maplewood Avenue, Cardiff CF4 2NB, February 1973. A5 format, wire stabbed into pink paper wrappers printed on front wrapper in red; illustrations in text; issued without prelims.; pp.28 [paginated 105-132]; white card free end-papers, the back end-paper printed in red on recto with nine line Errata and acknowledgment. Very slight marking of wrappers; otherwise a fine copy.

Offprint from Second Aeon magazine Nos.16/17. Includes a select bibliography.

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MOTTRAM (R.H.). Our Mr. Dormer. Chatto & Windus, 1927. Imprint leaf at end, followed by 4pp. inserted publisher's advertisements; fine herring-bone grain blue cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Minor faults, but in general a nice copy.



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MOTTRAM (R.H.). The English Miss. 1928, Chatto & Windus. Blank before half title; 4pp. inserted publisher's advertisements at end; fine herring-bone grain grey green cloth, ruled blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. grey-green, lower-edges uncut. Virtually fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper darkened on spine.



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MOTTRAM (R.H.). The English Miss. 1928, Chatto & Windus. Blank before half title; 4pp. inserted publisher's advertisements at end; fine herring-bone grain grey green cloth, ruled blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. grey-green, lower-edges uncut. Spine slightly faded, but a very nice copy.



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MOTTRAM (R.H.). The Boroughmonger. Chatto & Windus, 1929. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+[340]; 4pp. inserted publisher's advertisements at end; fine herring-bone grain blue cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue. Very slight fading of spine, and very light foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy.



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MOTTRAM (R.H.). Europa's beast. 1930, Chatto & Windus, London. Pp.[viii]+[364]; 4pp. inserted publisher's advertisements at end; fine herring-bone grain light brown cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. light brown; antique-toned end-papers. Light foxing of prelims. and edges; otherwise a fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper chipped at tail of spine.

The first issue binding.

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MOTTRAM (R.H.). Europa's beast. 1930, Chatto & Windus, London. Pp.[viii]+[364]; marina green smooth cloth, blocked and lettered black on spine. Cloth of spine faded; very light foxing of prelims. and edges; otherwise a fine copy.

The second issue binding.

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MOTTRAM (R.H.). Castle island. Chatto & Windus, 1931. Fawn small patterned cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue grey. Back end-paper and three corners creased; otherwise a virtually fine copy.



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MOTTRAM (R.H.). Castle island. Chatto & Windus, 1931. Pp.[viii]+415+[i (printer's imprint)]; blue smooth cloth blocked and lettered white on spine. Fine copy in slightly dusty dust-wrapper.

The second binding. The spine of the dust-wrapper bears a sticker giving the price as 5/-, whilst a corner, presumably bearing the original price, has been clipped from the front flap. From the publisher's file, with their File Copy sticker on the spine of the dust-wrapper.

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MOTTRAM (R.H.). The lame dog. Chatto & Windus, 1932. Carmine small patterned cloth ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. red. Prelims. lightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy in slightly chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[MOTTRAM (R.H.).]. The storm of steel: From the Diary of A German Storm-Troop Officer On the Western Front. By Ernst Jünger, Lieutenant, 73rd Hanoverian Fusilier Regiment. With an introduction by R.H. Mottram. Pelham Library, Chatto & Windus, London: 1941. F'cap 8vo; pp.[xvi]+319+[i (printer's imprint)]; sky blue rough buckram, blocked and lettered white on spine. Cloth of spine faded; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

Besides Mottram's Introduction the volume includes an Author's Preface to the English Edition, here first published. This copy was purchased from the publisher's file, but is without signs of provenance.

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MOTTRAM (R.H.). Scenes that Are brightest. Hutchinson, 1956. Post 8vo; cerise boards, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. End-papers marked and scuffed; otherwise a fine copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.



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MOTTRAM (R.H.). Vanities and Verities. Hutchinson of London, 1958. Dark red boards blocked and lettered gilt, lettered gilt on pale blue panel, on spine. Gilt dull, otherwise a fine copy in very slightly frayed and faded dust-wrapper.



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MOTTRAM (R.H.). Musetta. Hutchinson of London, 1960. Black boards, blocked green, lettered yellow and green, on spine. Fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Fantasy novel.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

MOTTRAM (R.H.). To Hell, With Crabb Robinson. Hutchinson of London, 1962. Black boards, blocked and lettered orange, lettered white, on spine. Inscription on front paste-down; otherwise virtually a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Fantasy.

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MUIR (Edwin). Transition. Essays On Contemporary Literature. 1926, Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf At The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, London. Final blank; cerise buckram, cream paper spine label printed in black; fore- and lower- edges uncut; cream dust-wrapper printed in black. Half-title foxed; ink scoring on a few leaves; otherwise a fine copy in a rubbed, frayed, dusty, and slightly chipped, but very uncommon, dust-wrapper.

Review copy, with the publisher's review slip loosely inserted, the publication details filled in in Virginia Woolf's hand and purple ink. Both sides of the review slip bear trial pencilled notes in another hand for an apparently hostile review to which the ink scoring relates. Scheduled for publication on October 7th. An interesting advance copy. Woolmer, 105, declaring positively in his first edition that the book was issued without a dust-wrapper: an error he corrected after seeing this entry.

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MUIR (Edwin). The marionette. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, 1927. Sm.cr.8vo, gathered in half sheets; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; brownish grey rough buckram surfaced linen, lettered gilt on spine. Some general wear to covers, and spine a little faded; label removed from back pastedown; otherwise a nice copy.

Woolmer, 132. A scarce title.

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MUIR (Edwin). The Present age From 1914. The Cresset Press, 1939. Blank, and general title precede half-title; blank at end; pp.312; light fawn rough buckram, lettered blue on spine. Spine very slightly faded; otherwise a fine copy.

Issued as Volume V in the series ‘Introductions to English Literature', under the general editorship of Bonamy Dobree.

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MUIR (Edwin). The structure Of the novel. Fourth Impression. The Hogarth Press, London, 1946. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.151+[i (blank)]; sand coloured cloth blocked with publisher's device and lettered on front cover, blocked and lettered on spine, in red. Fine copy.

The publisher's Production Office Copy, with their small label to this effect on the spine. Woolmer, 168, recording the first edition of 1928 and the reimpressions of 1932 and 1938, but not this Fourth Impression.

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MUIR (Willa). Women: an enquiry. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press 52 Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1925. Demy 8vo; pp.40; white thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black with a design by Vanessa Bell; text-paper end-papers. Slight wear to paper at head and tail of spine, and very slight marking of wrappers; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Issued as No.10 of ‘The Hogarth Essays', first series. Woolmer, 71: the number of copies printed not known, but according to the Sussex ledger only 342 copies were sold in the first sixteen months after publication. It would appear to-day to be one of the scarcest titles in the series. In this copy, probably as always, the following errata have been noted: p.15, l.10, ‘then' for ‘than'; and p.25, l.4, ‘most' for ‘least'.

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MUNDY (Talbot [i.e., William Lancaster Gribbon]). Hira Singh: When India came to fight In Flanders. Illustrated by Joseph Clement Coll. Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Publishers, 1918. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and five plates; final blank; coarse linen grain light green cloth ruled and lettered dark green on spine, ruled red, lettered light through dark green on front cover. Enamel a little rubbed, sides patchily faded; otherwise a very nice copy.



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MUNDY (Talbot [i.e., William Lancaster Gribbon]). Tros of Samothrace. London: Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), Ltd., 1934. Demy 8vo; pp.960; publisher's inserted sixty-Four page catalogue at end on slightly thinner paper, dated Autumn 1934 and listing this title as forthcoming; black rough buckram lettered gilt on spine. Insignificant tape-marks on paste-downs; otherwise a nice copy of a difficult title.



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MUNRO (Hector H., "Saki"). The Westminster Alice. Illustrated by F. Carruthers Gould. Reprinted from the Westminster Gazette, N.D. [1902]. 48pp., f'cap 4to format, wire-stitched as a single gathering into pale green wrappers, cut flush, printed in black; issued without half-title or end-papers; numerous illustrations on text-paper; 4pp. integral trade advertisements at end. Wrappers slightly dusty, and foxed with offsetting onto facing pages; minute nick in some fore-margins; otherwise, and in general a nice copy. Scarce.

Issued as ‘Westminster Popular No.18', price sixpence. In this copy the ‘i' of ‘motion' at line 13 on p.6, and the ‘l' of ‘nervously' at line 1 on p.31 are almost lacking; there are badly risen leads in the first three lines on p.7, 4 lines from the foot on p.11, and two lines from the foot on p.30; at line 4 on p.7 there is the reading ‘thouhgt' for ‘thought'; the full stop is lacking after ‘truth' in line 3 on p.23, and the inverted commas at the end of the last line on p.41. The second issue: p.[1] of the adverts at the end here shows a girl playing a pianola attached to a grand piano, as per caption, instead of to an upright piano as in the first issue.

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MUNRO (H.H.). Reginald in Russia And other sketches. By Saki (H.H. Munro). Methuen & Co., 1910. F'cap 8vo; 8pp. publisher's catalogue at end; dark blue linen-effect fine bead grain cloth, ruled and lettered blind on front cover, gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Gilt oxydised on spine; pencil scribbles erased from front end-paper leaving unsightly indentations; prelims. and catalogue foxed, and slight embrowning at one opening; otherwise a nice copy.



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MUNRO (H.H. ("Saki").). Beasts and Super-beasts. London: John Lane The Bodley Head; New York: John Lane Company; Toronto: Bell & Cockburn, 1914. Post 8vo; pp.[x]+312; 4pp. publisher's tipped in advertisements, followed by 16pp. publisher's inserted catalogue, at end; blue rough buckram, blocked and ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled blind, blocked, ruled, and lettered gilt, on spine; t.e. blue. Very slight damp-darkening of covers; otherwise a nice copy.

The first issue, later copies being in black cloth and having a cancel title-page showing the publisher's altered style.

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MUNRO (H.H. ("Saki").). The toys of Peace and other Papers. With a portrait and a memoir. London: John Lane The Bodley Head; New York: John Lane Company, 1919. Sm.cr.8vo; fine half-tone portrait frontispiece; pp.xxiv+303+[i (blank)]; pale brownish pink fine linen grain cloth, blocked, ruled, and lettered blind on front cover, gilt on spine. Spine slightly faded, and gilt a trifle dull; otherwise a very nice copy.

Review copy, bearing the publisher's blind stamp to this effect upon the title-page. The memoir is by Rothay Reynolds.

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MUNRO (Neil). Doom castle: A romance. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh, 1901. blank before half-title; title-page printed in red and black; 32pp. publisher's catalogue at end dated 4/01; dark green coarse buckram, lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed; end-papers coated dark-brown. Corners bruised; very light foxing of prelims., otherwise a fine copy.



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MUNRO (Neil). The New Road. William Blackwood and Sons, [43 George Street,] Edinburgh and [37 Paternoster Row,] London, 1914. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf, followed by publisher's inserted 64pp Catalogue dated 5/14, at end; light and darker grey-green linen effect fine rough buckram, lettered gilt on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine. Spine very slightly faded and gilt a little dull; very slight foxing of edges; otherwise a nice copy.



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MUNRO (Neil). The brave days: A Chronicle from the North. With an Introduction by George Blake. Edinburgh, The Porpoise Press, 1931. Imprint leaf at end; red cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower edges rough-trimmed. Fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

An autobiographical miscellany.

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MURDOCH (Iris). Sartre: Romantic rationalist. Bowes & Bowes, Cambridge, 1953. Narrow cr.8vo; Biographical Note leaf, followed by blank at end; dark red cloth, lettered gilt, and with gilt double ruled box, on spine; t.e. lake. Nice copy in frayed and minutely chipped dust-wrapper darkened on the spine.

Issued in the series ‘Studies in European Literature and Thought' under the general editorship of Erich Heller. The first issue of the author's scarce first book.

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MURDOCH (Iris). Sartre: Romantic rationalist. Bowes & Bowes, Cambridge, 1953. Narrow cr.8vo; Biographical Note leaf, followed by blank at end; pale lake boards, lettered gilt, and with gilt double ruled box, on spine. Nice copy.

Issued in the series ‘Studies in European Literature and Thought' under the general editorship of Erich Heller. The third issue of the author's scarce first book, published at the increased price of 7/6.

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MURDOCH (Iris). Under the net. A Novel. 1954, Chatto & Windus. Double cr.16mo; half-title bearing a blurb; imprint leaf at end; pp.286+[ii]; pale blue-green matt-surfaced smooth boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy in frayed and slightly marked dust-wrapper with several small marginal chips: preserved now in a loose paper-backed transparent plastic chemise.

The author's scarce first novel: and with an ‘Ex Libris' book label on the front end-paper bearing her signature. The first binding, and the very scarce advance state of the text. The book as published was in the same binding as this, but was without the blurb here present on the half-title page, which consists of most of the first paragraph of that printed on the inside front flap of the dust-wrapper. The presence of this blurb was objected to by the author, and in the book as published it was suppressed (though by an error of the printers it re-appeared again in the second impression). A later (or possibly library) issue is also sometimes seen in a somewhat more robust publisher's binding of lime green fine weave cloth patterned boards. This also is without the blurb.

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MURDOCH (Iris). Under the net. A Novel. 1954, Chatto & Windus. Double cr.16mo; imprint leaf at end; half-title not bearing a blurb; lime green fine weave cloth patterned boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Slight general wear to covers and spine faded; light foxing of edges; otherwise nice.

The author's scarce first novel. Second (first published) issue of text, without a blurb on the half-title page, and a variant binding, apparently issued for library use: the usual binding being of pale blue-green matt-surfaced smooth boards, similarly blocked and lettered.

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MURDOCH (Iris). The Bell. 1958, Chatto & Windus. Double cr.16mo; dark fine linen textured green boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges mainly trimmed. Edges foxed; otherwise a fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

The regular trade issue, printed on thick paper of a slightly rough texture. The sheets bulk 26mm scant.

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MURDOCH (Iris). A Severed Head. 1961, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra cr.8vo; blurb present on half-title; blank follows title leaf; two blanks at end; pp.252+[iv]; pale greenish white wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; issued without end-papers. Slight browning of wrappers; publisher's inscription on front wrapper (v. note); internally fine.

Proof copy, not so designated. Differs in at least some respects from the published book. The inscription on the front wrapper reads: ‘Publication: June, 1961. / Price 18s.'

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MURDOCH (Iris). An Unofficial Rose. 1962, Chatto & Windus. Double cr.16mo; two blanks at end; pale green cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Virtually fine in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.



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MURDOCH (Iris). An Accidental man. 1971, Chatto & Windus. Double cr.16mo; brown boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine in dust-wrapper.



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MURDOCH (Iris). The sacred And profane Love machine. 1974, Chatto & Windus. Double cr.16mo; final blank; bright light green boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine in dust-wrapper.



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MURDOCH (Iris). Nuns and Soldiers. 1980, Chatto & Windus. Double cr.16mo; light grey boards, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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MURDOCH (Iris). Reynolds Stone: An address given by Iris Murdoch In St. James's church Piccadilly, London, On 20 July 1979. Published by Warren Editions, Christmas 1981. 16pp., f'cap 4to format, sewn into plain white card wrappers; blank, and portrait frontispiece by Janet Stone, precede title-page with small woodcut by Reynolds Stone; blank, followed by colophon leaf with small woodcut by Reynolds Stone, and further blank at end. A fine copy in the dust-wrapper.

One of an edition limited to 750 copies printed at The Stellar Press, this copy being signed by the author on the colophon leaf.

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MURDOCH (Iris). [Cover title:] A severed head Read by Derek Jacobi. Complete & Unabridged! Chivers Audio Books. [On cassettes:] 1984. Six double-sided cassette tapes mounted in a grey plastic book-form box printed outside in colours. Fine copy.

This copy, though without signs of ownership, was the one sent to Chatto & Windus as a permission copy, and was presumably amongst the first batch made.

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MURDOCH (Iris). The good Apprentice. Chatto & Windus / The Hogarth Press, 1985. Double cr.16mo; pp.[vi]+522; sea-green cloth textured boards blocked, lettered, and with short rule, gilt, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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MURDOCH (Iris). The Message to The Planet. Chatto & Windus, London, 1989. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; two blanks at end; pp.[viii]+563+[v]; green cloth-textured boards, down-lettered and lettered gilt on spine; cream end-papers. Poor quality paper very slightly embrowned at margins, but a nice copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed inscription on the title-page.

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MURRAY (David Christie). Guesses at Truths: Ethical, social, political And literary. By David Christie Murray ("Merlin" in The Referee). London, Hurst and Blackett, Limited, 182, High Holborn, W.C., 1908. Portrait frontispiece; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.viii+456+[viii]; dull purple smooth cloth, lettered whitish green on front cover, gilt on spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Spine slightly faded; blank inner margins of prelims. a little chipped or creased due apparently to an original binding fault; otherwise in general a nice copy of a scarce title.

A minor binding variant, copies also being known with the fore-edges rough trimmed and the lower-edges uncut. Published posthumously. Sixty articles contributed during the last seven or eight years of his life to ‘The Referee'.

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MURRY (J. Middleton). Aspects of Literature. 1920, 48 Pall Mall, S.W., W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. Demy 8vo; 6pp. integral advertisements followed by integral blank and stub of excised leaf at end; fine dark blue rough buckram, paper spinelabel printed in dark blue; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Label mainly lacking; otherwise a nice copy, largely unopened.

Review Copy, with the publisher's review stamp in blind on the title-page. From the library of Richard Hughes, and bearing his bookplate on the front paste-down. The selection of essays which have been opened and read give perhaps an insight into Hughes's literary interests at an early date.

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MURRY (John Middleton). The evolution of An intellectual. Richard Cobden-Sanderson, 17 Thavies Inn, E.C., 1920. Lge.post 8vo; blank and advertisement leaf precede half-title; horizontally fine herring-bone ribbed light blue-green cloth, paper spine label printed in green; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Fine copy in nicked dust-wrapper.

A scarce title, especially thus.

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MURRY (John Middleton). The evolution of An intellectual. Richard Cobden-Sanderson, 17 Thavies Inn, E.C., 1920. Lge.post 8vo; blank and advertisement leaf precede half-title; horizontally fine herring-bone ribbed light blue-green cloth, paper spine label; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Slight general wear to covers; label badly rubbed and darkened; front free end-paper excised, back free end-paper creased; text fine.

A scarce title.

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MURRY (J. Middleton). The Problem of style. Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1922. Half-title not called for; pp.[viii]+148; mulberry buckram ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Nice copy.

Six lectures delivered at Oxford in the Summer Term of 1921.

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MURRY (John Middleton). Pencillings: Little Essays on Literature. 48 Pall Mall, W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., 1923. Lge.post 8vo; final blank; pp.viii+277+[i (printer's imprint)]+[2]; faintly moire, vertically ribbed leaf green cloth, paper spine label printed in black; fore- and lower- edges uncut; spare label loosely laid in, as issued. Label on spine slightly chipped and darkened; slight mottled fading of covers; otherwise a very nice copy.

Essays on Dickens, Disraeli, Dr. Johnson, Classical Translations, Literature and Science, What is Style?, Congreve and Moliere, Fact and Fiction, Stephen Phillips, On Grammar, etc.

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MURRY (John Middleton). The voyage. Constable & Co. Ltd, 1924. Post 8vo; blank before half-title, blank at end; diagonally fine ribbed deep sky blue cloth, ruled and lettered black on front cover and spine. Slight foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy in foxed dust-wrapper with one short closed tear on front panel, and a small scuff and minute chip on back panel. A scarce title.

Complete with the publisher's inserted advertisement for ‘Constable's Monthly List' loosely laid in as issued between pp.46 and 47.

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MURRY (John Middleton). God: Being an Introduction to the Science of Metabiology. Jonathan Cape, 1929. Lge.post 8vo; final blank; black cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Nice copy.



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MURRY (John Middleton). The Price of Leadership. Student Christian Movement Press, May 1939. Final blank; green boards, lettered black on spine and front cover. Tear at head of spine; otherwise a fine copy in browned, torn, and frayed dust-wrapper.

Issued as the tenth volume in the publisher's Religious Book Club.

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MURRY (John Middleton). The mystery Of Keats. Peter Nevill Limited, 1949. Lge post 8vo; portrait frontispiece; light green smooth cloth, ruled and blocked gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Cloth of front cover slightly bubbled; light foxing of top-edges; otherwise a fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Presumably a review copy: loosely laid in is a typed review, 4pp. quarto, signed R.N. Currey.

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MYERS (Elizabeth). Mrs. Christopher. Chapman & Hall Ltd., 37 Essex Street, W.C.2, 1946. Final blank; black cloth lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.



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NABOKOV (Vladimir). Despair. A novel. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 20 New Bond Street. Double cr.16mo; final blank; dark brownish grey boards lettered down and ruled gilt on spine. Fine copy in nicked dust-wrapper.



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NAIPAUL (V.S.). The middle passage: Impressions of Five Societies - British, French, and Dutch - In the West Indies and South America. Andre Deutsch, 1962. Double lge.post 16mo; black boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. light blue; end-papers printed with map in black and light blue-green. Fine copy of a scarce title.



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NAIPAUL (V.S.). The Loss of El Dorado: A History. Andre Deutsch, 1969. Double lg.post 16mo; blank before half-title; half-tone frontispiece; dark greyish-brown boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. orange; deep cream end-papers, printed with map in black. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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NAIPAUL (V.S.). In a Free State. Andre Deutsch, 1971. Double lge.post 16mo; pp.256; dark grey-brown cloth textured boards, ruled, blocked with publisher's device, and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Awarded the Booker Prize in 1971.

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NAIPAUL (V.S.). Guerrillas. Andre Deutsch, 1975. Lge.double cr.16mo; final blank; brown boards, blocked with publisher's device, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine. Very nice copy in dust-wrapper slightly darkened on back panel.



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NARAYAN (R.K.). Dodu And Other stories. Indian Thought Publications, Mysore, N.D. [c.1943]. Sm.super roy.16mo, wire-stabbed; half-title not called for; pp.[ii]+145+[i (blank)]; light green thick paper self-wrappers, folded without backing, cut flush at top- and lower- edges, printed outside in red and black; issued without end-papers. Wrappers a little faded, and showing slight general wear; blind and rubber stamps of A.H. Wheeler & Co., distributors, on back wrapper; otherwise a nice copy. Very scarce.

Presentation copy to James Cameron, with the author's signed holograph inscription dated April 1946 on the upper margin of the title page. The wrappers print comments by E.M. Forster, H.E. Bates, Compton Mackenzie, John Brophy, etc., in praise of the author's earlier books, these being listed on the back wrapper as ‘Swami & Friends (Hamish Hamilton, London)', ‘The Bachelor of Arts (Nelson, London)', ‘The Dark Room (Macmillan, London)', and ‘Malgudi Days (Indian Thought Publications [Mysore])'. If this listing is complete, ‘The English Teacher', Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1945, had not yet appeared: our dating of the present volume as 1943 is based on an assumption of the author's biennial schedule.

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NARAYAN (R.K.). The English teacher. Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1945. Post 8vo; pale blue-grey cloth, lettered gilt up spine; t.e. light blue-grey. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.



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NARAYAN (R.K.). An Astrologer's Day And other stories. Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1947. Post 8vo; head- and tail- pieces after seventeenth century woodcuts; pale blue-grey cloth, ruled and lettered dark blue on spine; t.e. dark blue. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

The author's fourth book. Most of the stories here collected "were first published in the ‘Hindu of Madras'." They are here first collected.

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NATIONS (Opal L.). 10 glimpses from The Opal Americana. By Opal L. Nations. Strange Faeces Press, 42a, Pembridge Road, Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3HN, Summer 1971. Single leaves f'cap folio format, duplicated on one side only, wire-stabbed into white thin card wrappers printed in black on versos; ff.10 (+ inside back wrapper), not foliated; issued without half-title or end-papers, the front wrapper bearing an illustration only. Fine copy.

Apparently scarce, though the continuation publlished the next year is relatively common. From the Opal Nations file.

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NATIONS (Opal L.). Screen-teen. A collection of poems and other works 1970 - 1972. By Opal L. Nations. Strange Faeces Press, 1972. 42a, Pembridge Road, Notting Hill Gate, London W11. Single sheets, med.4to format, wire-stabbed; half-title and end-papers not called for; blank before title-page; 40pp. paginated in combinations of letters and numbers, the letters spelling out from page to page the author's name, the numbers counting the number of times that each has been repeated; front wrapper, cut flush, printed outside in black. Back wrapper detached from one of the three staples, otherwise a fine copy.

One of an edition limited to 200 copies "All of which are signed in invisible Braille". Presentation copy (not sent, but presumably intended for review) inscribed on the front blank "With compliments / Opal" in the author's hand. The text contains one ink correction by the author on p.O2 (bis). From the Opal Nations file.

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[NATIONS (Opal L.).]. The Opal Koloring book Of hand engraved wax stencils No 62. Copywrite the author 1972. An edition of 200 Published by The Strange Faeces Press, 42a, Pembridge Road, Notting Hill Gate, London, W11. Med.4to format, single sheets of variously coloured papers and card printed severally in dark red, black, brown, or dark green on rectos only, wire-stabbed into thin card wrappers, cut flush, the front wrapper printed outside in dark green, the back wrapper printed inside in black (and included in the foliation); half-title and end-papers not called for; ff.[i]+21 (excluding the front wrapper). Fine copy.

One of an edition limited to 200 copies. Mainly illustrations, but includes some text. Loosely laid in to this copy is a rare duplicated flyer, signed ‘Marc' relating to the setting-up of the Writers' Workshop, and stating its aims ("To get the writer on the street without process, editing, bread or any hand-up...remember we do not print rejection slips.") and divisions ("Writers' Workshop, Action Workshop - collections of social service essays, and Kids' Workshop....We have a motto: do not correct the spelling mistakes - there are none. Language is a living, keep it from extinction.") The Workshop is to begin publication "From the end of June" - the present flyer being, presumably therefore, its first publication. It was to be run eventually by Marc (surname never given), Christopher M. Pickles, Pauline (surname never given), Paul Inett, and Barry O'Brien. The flyer is slightly frayed at the large blank fore-edge where it has protruded beyond the booklet into which it has been laid. The Writers Workshop was to become one of the most active underground publishers of its time, and continued its activities for some years. Opal Nations, was heavily involved with it at the start, both as illustrator and literary contributor. From the Opal Nations file.

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[NATIONS (Opal L.).]. The Opal Koloring book Of hand engraved wax stencils No 62. Copywrite the author 1972. An edition of 200 Published by The Strange Faeces Press, 42a, Pembridge Road, Notting Hill Gate, London, W11. Med.4to format, single sheets of variously coloured papers and card printed severally in dark red, black, brown, or dark green on rectos only, wire-stabbed into thin card wrappers, cut flush, the front wrapper printed outside in dark green, the back wrapper printed inside in black (and included in the foliation); half-title and end-papers not called for; ff.[i]+21 (excluding the front wrapper). Fine copy.

One of an edition limited to 200 copies. Mainly illustrations, but includes some text. From the Opal Nations file.

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[NATIONS (Opal L.).]. [Untitled, but reprints the contents of screen-teen, possibly with minor variations]. [At foot of last leaf, recto:] 1972, Published/Printed/Distributed: Writers workshop, 35a, Edgware Rd. Marble Arch, London W.2.2JE. Single sheets of white, yellow, or blue paper, f'cap folio, wire-stabbed at top left-hand corner; last leaf white, and printed on recto only [v.note]. Near fine copy.

Possibly a proof, and one of about six copies thus. The last leaf recto is headed REACTION SHEET followed by a list of six names: ‘1. "Christopher M. Pickles." / 2. "Pauline" / 3. "Marc" / 4. "Paul Innett." / 5. "Opal L. Nations". / 6. "Barry O'Brien"'. From the Opal Nations file.

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NATIONS (Opal L.). [Title-page:] 10 glimpses from The Opal Americana. By Opal L. Nations. [With: Americana 2. By Opal L. Nations.] [On back wrapper:] 1972, Published by: Writers' Workshop, 35a Edgeware Road, Marble Arch, London W2 2JE. Single sheets demy 4to format, wire-stabbed at top corner; illustrations in text; text-paper ront wrapper printed in light brown, back wrapper not called for; 32pp. including wrapper. Crease to small corner of front wrapper, otherwise a fine copy.

Very scarce, having been published in a format not calculated to survive. The first complete edition of the two parts, being a reprint of the Strange Faeces Press publications issued in small editions (the second part 200 copies) in 1971 - 2. From the Opal Nations file.

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NATIONS (Opal L.). Americana 2 By Opal L. Nations. Copywrite the author 1972. Illustrations by Opal L. Nations. Published in an edition of 200 by The Strange Faeces Press, 42a, Pembridge Road, Notting Hill Gate, London, W.11. Single leaves med.4to format wire-stitched into pale yellow card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black; issued without half-title or end-papers; pp.20, not paginated. Fine copy.

From the Opal Nations file, and signed by the author on the upper margin of the first leaf. This is apparently the author's own copy. One of an edition limited to 200 copies.

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NATIONS (Opal L.). [Cover title:] New Facts on Evolution. By Opal L. Nations. © 1972. [Rubber stamped inside back cover:] Opal L. Nations[,] Strange Faeces, 42a, Pembridge Road[,] Notting Hill Gate[,] London W.11[.] Sixteen single leaves, f'cap folio, duplicated on rectos only in black throughout, with additional green colouring to last four leaves, wire-stabbed into white card wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black, on back wrapper in black and green; prelims. and end-papers not called for; publicity flyer bearing additional illustration folded and loosely laid-in as issued. One leaf with original tear (obviously a printing accident) repaired on verso; otherwise a fine copy.

Illustrations without text. The flyer together with the rubber-stamp and lack of other publishing details suggest that this booklet was produced only for publicity purposes, and was never intended for publication. Probably only a very small number were produced. The flyer reads: "This book will appear in strip form in SOFT NEED magazine, Spring 1973, which will also include work by Robin Page, Jürgen Schiller, Carl Weissner, and many other earth shaking people. Copies of SOFT NEED will be made available from the editor Udo Breger, Expanded Media Editions, 34 Göttingen, Reinhäuser 20a, West Germany." From the Opal Nations file.

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NATIONS (Opal). [Photograph, apparently duplicated, and four lines of text, N.D., but c.1973]. Single A4 leaf of thick paper, printed on one side in black. Fine copy.

Signed by the author/subject. "This photograph of OPAL L. Nations is the result of the following: 1. The face was exposed to reflection upon the petals of 100 buttercups..." From the Opal Nations file, and possibly a proof.

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NATIONS (Opal). [Illustration, apparently duplicated, 1973]. Single A4 leaf of thick paper, printed on one side in black and green. Fine copy.

Written above the image in Opal Nations hand is the note "Off a little". The verso is signed and dated 1973. From the Opal Nations file, and probably a proof.

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NATIONS (Opal L.). The private affairs of Heliomann And how the various parts of his Body lived apart from the whole. By Opal L. Nations. [On verso of title-page:] 1974. Cover photograph of Opal L. Nations By John Browne. Designed, published and distributed by: Empty Elevator Shaft Poetry Press, P O Box 27004, San Francisco, CA. 94127. Med.8vo format, 20pp., not paginated, printed in green on day-glo orange paper, wire-stitched; half-title not called for; blank before title-page; large lime-green card wrappers printed outside in light brown. Slight bruising to large top edge of wrappers, otherwise a fine copy.

From the Opal Nations file.

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NATIONS (Opal L.). Preface XVIII. The dream. From This Book. Opal L. Nations. Cover by Anthony Gascoigne. Prison Clothes Press Parole Edition 1976. From boulder clough. Sentenced Pant-ycelyn 1974. Five single sheets f'cap folio, including cover, duplicated on rectos only, wire-stabbed. Top 3mm of cover a little frayed and creased; otherwise a very nice copy.

From the Opal Nations file.

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NAUGHTON (Bill). One small boy. Macgibbon & Kee, 1957. Double cr.16mo; black boards ruled and lettered gilt down spine. Gilt slightly dull, and paper of spine very faintly creased; extensive small biro scribbles on a number of leaves; otherwise in general nice.

Signed by the author on the title-page, and with his affectionate presentation inscription, dated ‘Boxing Day ‘57' on the front end-paper.

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NAUGHTON (Bill). Alfie Darling. A novel. Macgibbon & Kee, 1970. Narrow double demy 16mo; pale brown boards, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher's monogram gilt, panelled black, on spine. Corners of two leaves creased; otherwise a very nice copy in dust-wrapper.



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NESBIT (E.). The Literary sense. Methuen & Co., 1903. Publisher's inserted 40pp. catalogue at end, dated April 1903; 4pp. publisher's f'cap 8vo advertisements bound in between pp.128 and 129; vertically ribbed scarlet cloth, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine and front cover; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Prelims. and end-papers foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

Adult short stories.

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NESBIT (E.). The Literary sense. Methuen & Co., 1903. Publisher's inserted 40pp. catalogue at end, dated April 1903; vertically ribbed scarlet cloth, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine and front cover; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Slight foxing or marginal marking passim, but a very good copy.

Adult short stories. This copy does not have the 4pp. publisher's f'cap 8vo advertisements bound in between pp.128 and 129 present in some copies.

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NESBIT (E.). New Treasure Seekers. Illustrated by Gordon Browne and Lewis Baumer. T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, 1904. Tall cr.8vo; publisher's imprint leaf before half-title; frontispiece and numerous illustrations on text-paper; vertically ribbed scarlet cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g. Two or three small restorations to cloth of covers, otherwise a fine copy.

Juvenile.

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NESBIT (E.). The Enchanted Castle. With 47 illustrations by H.R. Millar. T. Fisher Unwin, Adelphi Terrace, 1907. Frontispiece and other illustrations on text-paper; pp.352; fine dotted line ribbed deep pink cloth blocked and lettered blind on front cover, gilt on spine; t.e.g., others rough-trimmed. Gilt oxydised on spine; some general wear to covers; otherwise a nice copy.

Juvenile fantasy.

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NESBIT (E.). These Little ones. With illustrations by Spencer Pryse. London: George Allen & Sons, 156, Charing Cross Road, 1909 (All rights reserved). Sm.cr.8vo; leaf bearing asterisk as signature on recto, publisher's large woodcut device on verso, precedes half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; ten half-tone plates; pp.[xii]+210+2; scarlet rough buckram lettered with short rule and ruled box, black, on front cover and spine. Front end-papers neatly strengthened at gutter; a few fox-spots in text; but a nice copy of a scarce title.

The second binding: the first being of vertically fine ribbed green cloth, panelled dark green, lettered and with ruled box, gilt, on front cover and spine, short rule, gilt, on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Short stories about children. Not a children's book.

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NESBIT (E.). The incredible Honeymoon. Hutchinson & Co., N.D. [1921]. Half-tone frontispiece; blank, followed by publisher's inserted 24pp. catalogue at end, dated Spring 1921; scarlet fine linen grain cloth, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine. Nice copy.



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NESBIT (E.). Five of us- And Madeline. Illustrated by Nora S. Unwin. T. Fisher Unwin Ltd, 1925. Post 8vo; full colour frontispiece, and six plates in black and white; imprint leaf at end; diagonally ribbed scarlet cloth, ruled, lettered, and pictorially blocked blind on front cover, pictorially blocked blind, lettered gilt, on spine; t.e.g. Fore-edges of covers and end-papers rather affected by damp; text fine. As a working copy.

Juvenile short stories, including some fantasy.

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NEWBOLT (Sir Francis). The Enchanted Wood: A Little Book of Etchings, Prose and Verse By Sir Francis Newbolt, Knight, One of His Majesty's Counsel. Published by Philip Allan & Company at Quality Court, 1925. Blank before half-title; portrait frontispiece on verso of half-title; numerous illustrations on text-paper; artist's advertisement leaf at end; quarter fine herringbone-ribbed light brown cloth, pale blue-green and dark brown batik boards, paper labels on spine and front cover. Labels chipped; boards faded at edges, and worn slightly at corners; otherwise a nice copy.

Presentation copy, bearing the author's holograph inscription on the front pastedown.

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NEWBOLT (Henry). Taken from the Enemy. By Henry Newbolt, Author of ‘Admirals All' etc. A new edition With 8 illustrations by Gerald Leake. London, Chatto & Windus, 1911. Advertisement on verso of half-title; full-colour lithographic frontispiece with tissue guard, and five plates (ex seven: but v. note); title-page printed in vermilion and black; final leaf bearing publisher's device on recto, blank on verso; pp.[2]+[x]+170+[ii]; dull purple rough buckram, lettered gilt on front cover and spine, publisher's initials device gilt on spine, full colour lithographic onlay in recessed panel on front cover; t.e.g., others uncut. Marginal tears or slight fraying to a couple of the plates; otherwise a nice copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's brief holograph note on paper headed ‘Northerhampton House, Salisbury', and dated ‘Christmas 1911' giving the book ‘To Dick' [i.e., Richard de la Mare] loosely laid in. The novel was first published in 1892, but the interesting Introduction by the author, quoting a letter from Robert Louis Stevenson, is here first printed. Though the plates to pp.72 and 117 are lacking, that to p.117 is preserved as the cover illustration.

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NEWBOLT (Henry). The book of the Blue sea. With 8 coloured plates and 32 illustrations In black and white by Norman Wilkinson. Longmans, Green and Co., 39 Paternoster Row, London; Fourth Avenue & 30th Street, New York; Bombay, Calcutta, and Madras, 1914. Imp.16mo in half-sheets; full-colour frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; other illustrations in text; pp.xii+307+[i (blank)]; navy blue fine rough buckram streaked horizontally and vertically with royal blue, blocked pictorially gilt on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g. Vertical crease in front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy of a handsome book.

Stories founded upon British naval history.

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NEWBOLT (Henry). A new study of English Poetry. Constable and Company Ltd, 1917. Demy 8vo; final blank; vertically ribbed dark yellow green cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Minor faults, but a nice copy.

An intelligent and interesting series of essays still very worthy to be read.

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NEWBY (P.H.). A Step to silence. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, 1952. Blank before half-title; pp.255+[i (blank)]; red fine beaded linen-textured boards, lettered cream on front cover, blocked and lettered cream on spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Very slight foxing of top-edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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NEWBY (P.H.). The Barbary Light. Faber and Faber, 1962. Post 8vo; blank before half-title, blank at end; deep yellow cloth, taper-ruled and lettered crimson on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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NEWBY (P.H.). One of the Founders. Faber and Faber, 1965. Post 8vo; pale brown cloth ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly rubbed dust-wrapper.



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NEWBY (P.H.). Kith. Faber & Faber, London, 1977. Extra double cr.16mo; pp.[iv]+124; fawn cloth-textured boards ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Light damp-marking of boards; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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NEWMAN (John Henry, Cardinal). Sermon notes 1849 - 1878. Edited by Fathers of the Birmingham Oratory. With Portrait. Longmans, Green, and Co., 1913. Portrait frontispiece with tissue guard; 12pp. integral advertisements/bibliography at end, followed by publisher's 32pp. inserted catalogue dated 1913; navy blue buckram ruled and lettered blind on front cover, gilt on spine. Very nice copy. Scarce.



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NEWTON (A. Edward). A magnificent farce And other diversions Of a book-collector. With illustrations. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1922. Blank before half-title; coloured frontispiece with tissue guard and 68pp. plates in black and white; two blanks at end; quarter Holland, drab boards, spine lettered in brown; t.e. green, others uncut. Fine copy.

The English issue.

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NICHOLS (Beverley). Patchwork. Chatto & Windus, 1921. Blank before half-title, blank at end; grey-green vertical broad rib effect fine linen grain cloth, ruled blind on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Virtually fine copy. Scarce.



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NICHOLS (Beverley). 25: Being a young man's candid recollections Of his elders and betters. Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1926. Extra cr.8vo; half-tone portrait frontispiece; cancel title leaf; pp.256; quarter brown rough fine weave cloth, brown and light brown batik boards, paper spine label printed in dark brown and black. Slight darkening of label, but a nice copy. Scarce.

The cancel title-leaf omits the publisher's address: they must have decided on a move whilst the book was passing through the press, but had not yet finally found their new premises. Memories of Masefield, Bridges, Yeats, Chesterton, Churchill, Mrs. Patrick Campbell, Elizabeth von Arnim, Compton Mackenzie, Sir William Orpen, Elinor Glyn, H.L. Mencken, Kipling, Hugh Walpole, Norman Lindsay, Somerset Maugham, Noel Coward, etc. The author's fourth book, the frontispiece of which probably embarrassed him in later life.

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NICHOLS (Beverley). Cry havoc! Jonathan Cape, 1933. Imp.16mo in half sheets; publisher's inserted advertisement leaf of pale yellow paper followed by integral blank at end; black rough cloth, blocked with publisher's initials device blind on back cover, lettered red on front cover and spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Light foxing of prelims.; otherwise a very nice copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription on the front end-paper. Two relevant newspaper clippings are loosely laid in.

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NICHOLS (Beverley). Merry Hall. With drawings by William McLaren. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, 1951. Extra cr.8vo; blank before half-title; frontispiece, illustrations, and vignettes on text-paper; blank at end; pp.317+[iii]; quarter cream cloth, carmine cloth-textured boards, spine panelled light carmine, blocked and lettered gilt; t.e. carmine, lower-edges rough-trimmed. end-papers printed with illustrations after McLaren in full colour. Edges and a few leaves very lightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy in frayed McLaren dust-wrapper.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription on the half-title. Concerning the rescue of a house and garden...

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NICHOLS (Beverley). A Pilgrim's progress. Jonathan Cape, 1952. Imp.16mo in half sheets; blank before half-title, blank at end; scarlet cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. scarlet, lower-edges mainly trimmed. Sticky tape marks on front end-papers (v. below); otherwise very nice in frayed dust-wrapper.

Affixed to the front end-paper with clear tape is a TLS from the author (sixty words).

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NICOLSON (Harold). The development of English biography. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, 1927 [i.e., February, 1928]. Imprint leaf at end; orange buckram, blocked and lettered red on front cover, lettered red on spine. Spine slightly faded; otherwise a fine copy.

Issued as No.4 of the Hogarth Lectures on Literature [First] Series. Woolmer, 136. 2,020 copies were printed.

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NICOLSON (Harold). People and things. Wireless Talks. Constable & Co Ltd, 1931. Final blank; red cloth lettered gilt on spine; t.e. red. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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NICOLSON (Harold). Diplomacy. Thornton Butterworth Ltd, 1939. Sm.cr.8vo; half/series title; pp.[256]; green Sundour cloth, ruled and blocked with publisher's device blind on front cover, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; t.e. green. Top-edges a little faded; otherwise a fine copy of an uncommon title.

Issued as a volume in ‘The Home University Library of Modern Knowledge' under the general editorship of The Rt. Hon. H.A.L. Fisher, Prof. Gilbert Murray, and Dr. Julian Huxley.

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NICOLSON (The Hon. Harold). The Poetry of Byron. The English Association, August, 1943. Issued without prelims., the front wrapper serving as title-page; cream wrappers, printed in black. Wrappers slightly embrowned at edges, otherwise a fine copy.

English Association Presidential Address 1943.

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NICOLSON (Harold). Friday Mornings 1941-1944. Sm.double cr.16mo; dark blue buckram, blocked and lettered gilt down spines; t.e. blue. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.



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NICOLSON (Harold). Diaries And Letters 1939-1945. Edited by Nigel Nicolson. Collins, 1967. Red wrappers, printed label on front wrapper. Spine roll, and one or two more minor faults; a generally nice copy, nonetheless.

Uncorrected Advance Proofs on proofing paper.

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NIN (Anais). Under a Glass bell. Stories by Anais Nin, with line drawings by Ian Hugo. PL Editions Poetry London, 1947. Prelims. printed on special paper; double spread title-page (partly on verso of half-title) printed in red and black; portrait on prelims. paper precedes first leaf of text; other illustrations on text-paper; red cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Spine faded; poor quality text-paper lightly embrowned, chiefly at margins; otherwise a nice copy.



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NOGUCHI (Yone). Through the torii. London: Elkin Mathews, 4, Cork Street, 1914. Imp.16mo format, concertina folded, printed on outside pages only, Japanese string bound; half-title not called for; two doubled leaves at front and back, printed from wood-blocks on visible facing surfaces, and serving as end-papers; wood-block vignette on title; ff.[xvi]+208+[ii]; pale milky coffee coloured textured Japanese paper wrappers, cut flush, printed with over all pattern in caramel, back wrapper with wood-block design, front wrapper with lettering, black. Front wrapper very lightly damp-marked, edges foxed, and margins lightly embrowned; nonetheless, however, a generally nice copy of a scarce and delicate book.

Printed in Tokyo at the Daidosha Press. Essays reprinted from the Academy, the Saturday Review, the Graphic, the Westminster Gazette, Rhythm, and the Japan Mail (Tokyo), here first collected. The volume is dedicated to Edmund Gosse. Nelson, 1914.1.

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NORRIS (W.E.). The right honourable Gentleman. London, Constable & Company, Ltd., 1913. Blank before half-title; pp.[2]+vi+315+[i (blank)]; horizontal stripe-effect bright sea-green fine linen textured cloth, blocked blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Cloth of spine faded, and slightly torn at head; otherwise a nice copy.

The publisher's File Copy, with their small oval label to this effect on the spine, and their rubber stamp, dated ‘26/2/13', on the front paste-down. Wolff, 5178

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NOYES (Alfred). Orchard's bay. Sheed & Ward, 1939. Full colour frontispiece; woodcut head- and tail- pieces to the chapters; blank at end, serving as paste-down; light blue green ‘Sundour' cloth, blocked on front cover, lettered on spine, in yellow. Pinhead foxing of fore-edges; otherwise a fine copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

Issued without a back free end-paper, the last page being blank. In this copy, line 6 on p.213 has the reading ‘make' for ‘makes'. A volume of prose including, incidentally, according to the blurb, "the largest body of Alfred Noyes's lyrics to be published since 1924".

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NYE (Robert). The Voyage Of The Destiny. Hamish Hamilton, 1982. Double lge.post 16mo, perfect bound; crimson boards, blocked with publisher's monogram device and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Published at £8.50.

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OATES (Joyce Carol). The Poisoned Kiss And other stories from The Portuguese. Fernandes/Joyce Carol Oates. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1976. Double cr.16mo; final blank; red boards lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Stories supposedly written by one Fernandes de Briao, but in fact original stories by Ms. Oates.

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OATES (Joyce Carol). Crossing The Border: Fifteen tales. The Vanguard Press, Inc., New York, 1976. Double demy 16mo; double-spread title-page, partly on verso of initial advertisement leaf; half-title not called for; crimson cloth ruled black, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; white-flecked blue end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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O'BRIAN (Patrick [i.e., Richard Patrick Russ]). The last pool And Other Stories. London, Secker & Warburg, 1950. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+216; emerald green cloth lettered dark green on spine. Slight fading of light sensitive cloth; otherwise a fine copy in minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

The author's very scarce first book. The first binding.

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O'BRIAN (Patrick [i.e., Richard Patrick Russ]). The last pool And Other Stories. London, Secker & Warburg, 1950. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+216; scarlet cloth-textured boards up-lettered gilt on spine with title only. Fine copy in very chipped and used dust-wrapper.

The author's very scarce first book, but in a later binding, the first binding being of emerald green cloth lettered with title, author, and publisher on spine in dark green. This secondary binding has also been observed in otherwise similar boards of a sand colour.

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[O'BRIAN (Patrick [i.e., Richard Patrick Russ]).]. Christine de Rivoyre: The Wreathed Head. Translated from the French by Patrick O'Brian. Rupert Hart-Davis, Soho Square London, 1962. Double cr.16mo; two blanks before half-title, two at end; pp.[iv]+247+[v]; pale greenish grey wrappers, cut flush, white label printed in black on front cover; made up without end-papers. Wrappers faded on spine, and slightly dusty; otherwise a nice copy.

Evidently a proof copy, though this is nowhere stated. The book was first published in France as ‘La Tête en Fleurs' in 1960.

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[O'BRIAN (Patrick [i.e., Richard Patrick Russ].)]. Louis XVI Or The End of a World [By] Bernard Fa˜. Translated by Patrick O'Brian From the French. W.H. Allen, London, 1968 [1967]. Double demy 16mo; genealogy on verso of half-title; eight double-sided half-tone plates; pp.[vi]+414; blackish-brown fine diaper boards lettered, with short rule, and blocked with publisher's initials device, gilt, on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The first edition in English of a book originally published in French in 1966. Published late in 1967, and dated ahead. Copies are known with inscriptions as early as November of that year.

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O'BRIAN (Patrick [i.e., Richard Patrick Russ]). The Chian wine And other stories. Collins, St. James's Place, London, 1974. Leaf bearing bibliographical note on these stories on recto, blank on verso, followed by blank at end; pp.221+[iii]; hammered scarlet wrappers, cut flush, printed black on front cover; made up without end-papers. Fine copy.

Uncorrected Advance Proofs, so designated on the front wrapper. Short stories, mostly here first published or here first collected.

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O'BRIAN (Patrick [i.e., Richard Patrick Russ]). Pablo Ruiz Picasso A Biography. [By] Patrick O'Brian. Collins, St James's Place, London, 1976. Med.8vo; four double-sided plates; pp.511+[i (blank)]; scarlet cloth-textured boards ruled and lettered silver on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper faded a little on spine.



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O'BRIAN (Patrick [i.e., Richard Patrick Russ]). The far side Of the world. Collins, 8 Grafton Street, London W1, 1984. Double lge.post 16mo; two blanks at end; pp.[viii]+371+[v]; bright blue rexine, lettered gilt down spine; t.e. yellow. Front free end-paper lacking; small slightly thinned patch on upper margin of half-title where ball-point price has been removed; rubber-stamp removed from verso of title-page, but still just detectable; red ink-line across upper edges designating this as an ex-library copy for sale; otherwise a nice copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper with small chip from top corner of front panel and flap.

An ex-library copy in the original publisher's binding, which appears however to be a special binding for libraries, more substantial than the usual one. The front flap of the dust-wrapper bears a publisher's sticker giving the price for this copy as £9.95 In this copy the following errata have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, unknown): p.29, l.26, ‘know' for ‘knows'; p.72, l.11, ‘members' for ‘member'; p.185, l.2, ‘had' for ‘have'; p.260, l.14, ‘Nigh' for ‘Night'; p.269, l.27, ‘not' for ‘no'; p.274, l.9, ‘too' for ‘tool';p.274, last line, ‘splinter' for ‘splitter'; p.328, l.18, ‘trifie' for ‘trifle'; p.367, l.23, ‘head' for ‘heard'.

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O'BRIEN (Conor Cruise). [Double spread title utilising verso of half-title:] Writers And Politics. 1965, Chatto and windus, London. Short double demy 16mo; blank before half-title; two blanks at end; pp.[2]+xxii+259+[v]; dark drab cloth-textured boards, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Cased upside down; otherwise a nice copy.

Orwell, Camus, Sartre, The New Yorker, etc.

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O'BRIEN (Edna). The Love Object. Jonathan Cape, 1968. Final blank; shocking pink boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. slate-blue. Fine copy in near-fine dust-wrapper.



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O'BRIEN (Edna). An Introduction to Edna O'Brien, The Novelist and Her Work. [Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1970]. Landscape 8vo; one gathering, wire-stitched into similar paper wrappers, cut flush; illustrations on text-paper; wrappers printed outside in green, blue, and black, inside in black. Fine copy.

Publicity brochure issued in advance of publication to advertise ‘A Pagan Place', which was scheduled for publication on April 16th, 1970. Includes extracts from ‘A Pagan Place', two poems, portions of the text of two interviews, a bibliographical check-list, and other material by or about Edna O'Brien, all of it here first published.

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O'BRIEN (Edna). [Double spread title, utilising verso of half-title:] Zee & Co. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 5 Winsley Street, London W1, 1971. Final blank; pp.126+[ii]; greyish brown fine cloth-textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in minutely nicked dust-wrapper.

A scarce title.

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O'BRIEN (Edna). Mother Ireland. With photographs by Fergus Bourke. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1976. Double f'cap 8vo; twenty-four double-sided plates; bronze boards lettered gilt down spine; light yellow green end-papers. Very nice copy in frayed and minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

Presentation copy from the author, with an affectionate holograph inscription, signed ‘Edna', on the front end-paper. Presentation copies of Edna O'Brien's books are, in our experience, uncommon.

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O'BRIEN (Kate). Without My cloak. Woodcut Decorations by Freda Bone. William Heinemann Ltd., 1931. Tall double imp.16mo, printed in half sheets; title and facing page printed in black and green; four woodcuts on text-paper; blank at end; pp.[viii]+469+[iii]; apple green buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover; t.e. green; end-papers printed pictorially in green. End-papers, edges, and last four leaves foxed; two or three fox-spots elsewhere; otherwise a fine copy in chipped and torn dust-wrapper.

The author's first novel.

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O'BRIEN (Kate). The ante-room. William Heinemann Ltd, 1934. Blank before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; brown buckram ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover. Fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

The author's second novel.

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O'BRIEN (Kate). Mary Lavelle. A novel. William Heinemann Ltd, 1936. Blank before half-title; brown Sundour cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover; tan end-papers. Near fine copy.

The author's third book.

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O'BRIEN (Kate). Farewell Spain. Illustrated with drawings by Mary O'Neill. William Heinemann Ltd, 1937. Blank before half-title; frontispiece and twelve plates on cream paper; pink rough cloth, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore-edges mainly trimmed; tan end-papers. Nice copy.

Presentation copy with the author's holograph inscription, signed ‘Kate' and dated ‘Aug. 1937', on front blank.

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O'BRIEN (Kate). The last Of summer. William Heinemann Ltd, 1943. Yellow rough cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered maroon on spine, blocked with publisher's device maroon on back cover; t.e. maroon; tan end-papers. Very nice copy.



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