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  • The Native Moment – Anthony C. West – First Edition 1961

    The Native Moment – Anthony C. West – First Edition 1961

    A first edition published by MacGibbon & Kee, London in 1961. Octavo, 280 pages a little browning near end but really a super copy in a nice full dust jacket.

    Highly regraded author, son of H.G. Wells and Rebecca West .. who were never married because H.G. already was. Anthony West respected H.G. perhaps more than his Mother … falling out with her over a book which did not reflect well on her … conversely he wrote a very favourable biography on H.G.

    The Native Moment is a powerful story about the unusual relationship between Simon Green an eel seller in Dublin and Tamar, a girl from the lakes who has found herself in child after being treated very badly. A highly charged and emotional story.

    Respected author – First Edition


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  • The Eye of the Storm – Patrick White – Fine First Edition Copy

    The Eye of the Storm – Patrick White – Fine First Edition Copy

    A fine first edition of Patrick White’s ninth and epic novel about the reality of family relationships. This is the book that earned White the 1973 Nobel Prize.

    Published by Jonathan Cape, London in 1973, 608 pages, top edge blue. Dust jacket and book in perfect condition. Jacket art by Desmond Digby.

    The book was adapted to film in 2011 staring Charlotte Rampling, Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis.

    White First and Best


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  • Tender is the Night – F Scott Fitzgerald – First UK Revised Edition – Grey Walls Press 1953

    Tender is the Night – F Scott Fitzgerald – First UK Revised Edition – Grey Walls Press 1953

    There are two versions of “Tender”. Scott Fitzgerald was unhappy with the result of his first writing published in 1934. And it was not very successful at the time selling only 12,000 copies.

    Before his death he revised the text and left numerous notes and mark-up’s as well as a complete re-ordering of the work. His friend and literary critic Malcolm Cowley took the notes and helped re-publish the work consistent with Fitzgerald’s wishes.

    Published by Grey Walls Press, London 1953. Octavo, 418 pages. Contents include an xi-page introduction by Cowley which explains the context and corrections. Pages 1 through 392 represent the novel and at the rear through to page 418 we have notes on the manuscripts … genuinely interesting and informative.

    The book is in fine with a complete fine unclipped dust jacket. We have followed this scarce book for years and never come across a better copy.

    In 1932 Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda was hospitalised with metal health issues. Fitzgerald lived near by and started a novel about Dick Diver a promising young psychiatrist and his wife Nicole who also was one of his patients. The story line mirroring his and Zelda’s own lives. The original issue of Tender used flashbacks making the narrative awkward to follow. This revised edition based on Fitzgerald’s notes and mark-up is re-set in chronological order. Fitzgerald regarded “Tender” as his best work.

    First UK Revised Edition by the special Grey Walls Press, London. With the unique dust jacket by Edward Pagram. A real treasure.


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  • An Anzac Muster [Tales of Gallipoli] – William Baylebridge – Collected Works Vol II

    An Anzac Muster [Tales of Gallipoli] – William Baylebridge – Collected Works Vol II

    This is Volume II of the Collected Works of William Baylebridge (Memorial Edition) published in 1962. The Memorial publications were released at different times hence they are often found in separate volumes. This volume stands alone.

    The Anzac Muster was first printed privately in an edition of only 100 copies. It is regarded as an outstanding contribution to Australian literature. This publicly available volume represents the very next printing and contains the authors revisions which were made in 1932. These revisions never made the printing press and Baylebridge died in 1942.

    Published by Angus and Robertson, octavo, 226, with colour portrait frontispiece and a facsimile of the authors hand written amendments at the rear. A very good copy in a like dust jacket a trifle marked.

    Tales from Gallipoli from by Baylebridge – revised and revisited.


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  • Light in August – William Faulkner

    Light in August – William Faulkner

    Faulkner classic written between the wars and considered Southern Gothic in style. Complex and thought provoking as you would expect.

    Published by The Modern Library, New York. Octavo, 444 pages with an introduction by Richard Rovere that puts the work up there with Faulkner’s best.

    Rubbed dust jacket, personal bookplate on front end paper otherwise a very good copy.

    Highly regarded


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  • The Comedians – Graham Greene – First Edition 1966

    The Comedians – Graham Greene – First Edition 1966

    First edition published by The Bodley Head, London in 1966. Octavo, 313 pages. Very good condition. First edition variant dust jacket designed by James and Ruth McCrea.

    Described as a novel, not an entertainment, if you understand the Greene definition.

    Classic Graham Greene novel based in Haiti at the time of dictator Doctor Duvalier “Papa Doc”. Greene could not return to Haiti to finish his novel because of his description of the dictator in the English press. As usual alive with characters and suspense and sometimes comedy.

    First edition Greene Classic


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