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  • Ice in the Bedroom – P.G. Wodehouse – First Edition 1961

    Ice in the Bedroom – P.G. Wodehouse – First Edition 1961

    Wodehouse First UK Edition 1961. Octavo, 223 pages, red cloth covered boards with silver titling to spine and front. Dust jacket near complete, a little aged, sunned on spine. A trifle spotted on page edges, clean inside. A pretty good copy.

    Freddie Widgeon has slaved a a solicitors clerk. His meagre days seem over as his holding in Silver River Oil Stock has ramped up following the recommendation of American Thomas G. Molloy. Where will it all end and with what hilarity an what is this Ice in the Bedroom.

    Wodehouse Financial Humour – First UK Edition

    $40.00

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  • Full Moon – P.G. Wodehouse First Edition

    Full Moon – P.G. Wodehouse First Edition

    Wodehouse First Edition 1947. Octavo, 252 pages, orange cloth covered boards with black titling to spine and front. Minor dust jacket chip and colour loss to top front spine. Otherwise a very good copy, very clean inside.

    Blandings Castle and Gally (the Earl of Emsworth – Galahad) tries to marry off his daughter Veronica (the dumbest beauty listed in the pages of Debrett’s), with the usual hilarity …

    Wodehouse – First Edition

    $60.00

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  • Arthur Conan Doyle Manuscript Letter 1902

    Arthur Conan Doyle Manuscript Letter 1902

    Legendary writer, creator of Sherlock Holmes and man of many talents Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) … he was knighted the year of this letter.

    A strong hand in black ink on watermarked paper headed Undershaw, Hindhead, Haslemere (in Surrey). Doyle had built Undershaw in 1897 a magnificent property, the layout of which was designed to assist his wife who was already very ill at the time. He remained there until 1907 the year after her death. Visitors at Undershaw included Virginia Woolf, Bram Stoker and J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan was written in Play form in 1904)

    Undershaw was the place he wrote The Hounds of the Baskervilles which had been serialised and published the year before this letter, the last instalment being published in the prior month … the letter dated 28 V / 1902 in Doyle’s distinctive style.

    A polite note of apology the letter reads …

    “Dear Mr Crookenden … I returned last night from the Continent to find your interesting letter and enclosure awaiting me – by an error I had omitted to leave forwarding instructions at the club (the Athenaeum) and beg you to accept my apology for delay in answer. Very many thanks. Yours faithfully A. Conan Doyle” … with his distinctive device below

    Mr Crookenden surely Isaac Adolphus Crookenden who carried the name of his grandfather a great writer of Gothic Tales much admired my Doyle. In turn this Crookenden was the maternal grandfather of Lawrence (Larry) Olivier.

    A simple letter but nicely written with a bold signature on the letterhead of his grand country home where he had just completed “The Hounds”; addressed to an interesting character with an intriguing family background.

    Arthur Conan Doyle – Signed manuscript Letter

    $440.00

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  • The Small Bachelor – P.G. Wodehouse – New Edition 1970 – Fine Copy

    The Small Bachelor – P.G. Wodehouse – New Edition 1970 – Fine Copy

    This is an old one, first published in 1927. This is the first printing of a new issue by Barrie & Jenkins, London in 1970. Octavo, 204 pages, a very good copy in a complete dust jacket

    Complex Wodehouse carry-on. George Finch artist who desires New York socialite Molly Wellington, cannot paint .. a hopeless artists. Her mother prefers the advances of Lord Hunstanton. Many characters contribute to George’s success or lack of … including a poetic policeman, an ex-convict valet, a fortune teller, Fanny the pickpocket etc.

    Read carefully or your laughing will cause injury!

    $60.00

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  • Period of Adjustment – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1960.

    Period of Adjustment – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1960.

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

    Subtitled … High Point over a Cavern. Described as a “Serious Comedy” … and it is … there is a strong message and quite a few laughs.

    Octavo, 95 pages all in super condition.

    Set on Christmas Eve it’s a tale about two couples who have been married a few years and are facing the tensions that can arise …

    Made into a Hollywood Movie in 1962 for which star Jane Fonda was nominated for a Golden Globe.

    A good Christmas Eve read … it will not be on the telly … it’s not reality

    $35.00

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  • The Moon Is Down – John Steinbeck – First  Edition 1942

    The Moon Is Down – John Steinbeck – First Edition 1942

    Steinbeck’s classic wartime story and the bravery of free people whatever their circumstances.

    1942 first UK edition published by Heinemann.

    Octavo, 120 pages, aged but near full dust jacket, war paper but only light toning, still a good copy of a first edition.

    Steinbeck special positive war time story

    $40.00

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