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  • The Natural History of “Bores” – Angus B. Reach – 1847

    The Natural History of “Bores” – Angus B. Reach – 1847

    A third edition and scarce regardless. Published by David Bogue, London.

    Scarce in its original form with delicate printed wrappers, albeit a little dusty and rubbed. Small octavo, 112 pages with preliminaries and catalogue at the rear.

    Illustrated by H.G. Hine. A hilarious account of “Bores”. Could still be well applied, approaching two hundred years later.

    Because it is a third edition the writer, through addition, can make reference to critics .. whose remarks include “ The Natural History of Bores .. we take to be an account of the species to which the ingenious writer belongs” … and so forth. Well we have read it and … Voyager may well be modifying some of his own inherent characteristics … not so many stories about oneself seemingly.

    Boring or not it is all set out … could make a good pointed gift

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $90.00

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  • Garden District – Two Plays .. Something Unspoken and Suddenly Last Summer – Tennessee Williams – First Edition 1959

    Garden District – Two Plays .. Something Unspoken and Suddenly Last Summer – Tennessee Williams – First Edition 1959

    A first UK edition published by Secker and Warburg, London in 1959.

    Octavo, 72 pages, very good condition.

    Two plays … a short one Something Unspoken a type often referred to as a curtain-raiser; and the longer Suddenly Last Summer.

    Both had just been performed in England at the London Arts Theatre to much acclaim

    Entertaining and still challenging from T.W. …

    $30.00

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  • Sweet Bird of Youth  – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1959

    Sweet Bird of Youth – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1959

    A first UK edition published by Secker and Warburg, London in 1959.

    Octavo, 93 pages, very good condition bar dust jacket complete but some foxing.

    Described by Hart Crane as a “Relentless caper for all those who step the legend of their youth into the noon” … and so we should … and maybe the evening.

    The finely crafted dialogue and still with a power to shock as expected from T.W.

    A special work by the post war master …

    $30.00

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  • Three Players of a Summer Game – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1960

    Three Players of a Summer Game – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1960

    A first UK edition published by Secker and Warburg, London in 1960.

    Octavo,223 pages, very good condition bar dust jacket complete but a little dusty.

    Collection of short stories including the title story; The Important Thing; One Arm; Portrait of a Girl in Glass; The Coming of Something to the Widow Holly; Two on a Party; The Yellow Bird; The Field of Blue Children; The Malediction; The Angel in the Alcove; The Resemblance between a Violin Case and a Coffin and The Night of the Iguana.

    A fine collection of Tennessee Williams …

    $40.00

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  • The Collected Poems of Sidney Keyes – With Unpublished typescript Poem “Ode to Hitler”

    The Collected Poems of Sidney Keyes – With Unpublished typescript Poem “Ode to Hitler”

    Published posthumously by Routledge, London a fourth impression, 1951. Small octavo, xxiv, 123 pages, original binding, very good condition. The typescript poem “Ode to Hitler’ is dated June 1941 (whilst he was till at Oxford – see below). There is a manuscript note on the endpapers “including unpublished poem”; also a note from Anthony Smith, Headmaster of Dartford Grammar School, which Keyes attended “Dear Professor Porter, I am returning three items we borrowed from you …”. This is October, 1987 and there had been a special Keyes Conference held at the school that year … it is possible that the unique poem was one of the borrowed items, and that this book was Porter’s Professor Porter is likely the Theologian who was at Oriel college, Oxford for 13 years from 1949.

    The typescript poem contains an overtyped correction “Lonely” in the third last line – shown in the image. The manuscript date “June 1941” is surely in Sidney Keyes’ hand, by comparison with the facsimile of a hand written poem included in “Collected Poems”

    This is a special story. Sidney Keyes (1922-1943) was raised by his maternal grandparent, his mother died shortly after his birth. He began writing poetry at a very young age, influenced by Wordsworth, Rilke and Jung. He won a scholarship to Queen’s College, Oxford. At University he wrote two books “The Cruel Solstice” and “The Iron Laurel” for which he was later awarded the Hawthornden Prize. He was very active at Oxford editing the Cherwell Magazine and forming a dramatic society. Leaving Oxford in 1942 he joined the army and sadly died in active service in Tunisia in April 1943.

    All up there are 110 poems of which half relate to the War. All of his poems written during active service were lost.

    “Ode to Hitler” is a seven verse poem the first six comprising seven lines, the last six. It is a serious matter, whilst being clear in meaning. We do not want to publish all here … but here are the final lines.

    “You tapeworm of the mind, you will forgive
    My wanderings, stung by a sudden fury;
    Not even speaking for my country, only
    A mouthing sharp-tongued poet for the lonely
    And awkward speaking. But you will never thrive
    While we, the sour and cunning, stay alive.”

    A special writer and poet who gave his life too young and, a potentially important unpublished work.

    ENQUIRIES WELCOME

    $0.00

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  • The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex – Charles Darwin – 1890

    The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex – Charles Darwin – 1890

    A very good second revised and augmented edition, published by John Murray, 50 Albermarle Street, London, 1890.

    The desired original “Murray”’ green cloth binding as issued with blind stamped borders and gilt titles and banding to spine. Octavo, 693 pages with 78 illustrations. Very clean binding, tight and whilst a little age to page edges a very good copy of desirable edition.

    Darwin’s classic work on comparative anatomy. By comparing the physiological and psychological aspects of man and ape, he fills in what had been merely suggested in the Origin: that man’s ancestor, if still alive today, would be classified among the primates and on a lower scale than the apes.

    The last chapter is an added essay on sexual selection, the superior chances of mating that some individuals of one sex have over their rivals. The essay ends with the famous and often misquoted statement, “Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.”

    It was in this book (page 2) that Darwin used the word “evolution” for the first time.

    The Descent of Man Companion to The Origin of Species….

    $490.00

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