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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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  • Fiesta – Ernest Hemingway -1955 Cape Edition

    Fiesta – Ernest Hemingway -1955 Cape Edition

    Our favourite edition in classic cover. Very scarce and very sought after in this Cape form.

    The bullfight in Hemingway.

    Published by Jonathan Cape, London. Re-issued in 1954 in this form, this printing form 1955. Jacket designed by Hans Tindall. The stunning bull silhouette carries over from the jacket to the front board. Octavo, 286 pages, a trifle age, really a very good copy.

    Impressed private library stamp of Edward F Cass on the front end paper. Cass a noted English bibliophile was Chairman of the esteemed Portico Library in Manchester among many other related roles.

    This is the Fiesta



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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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  • Service with a Smile – P.G. Wodehouse – First Edition

    Service with a Smile – P.G. Wodehouse – First Edition

    First edition published by Herbert Jenkins in 1962.

    Octavo, 192 pages. Very good condition albeit with some light age marks to page edges … clean and bright inside. Good dust jacket with closed split near front hinge

    Uncle Fred sorting out the upper crust as usual and importantly stops the theft of the Empress of Blandings (A portly pig) whose beautiful image adorns the front cover.

    Wodehouse First and a rollicking story.


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  • Dodsworth – Sinclair Lewis (First American Nobel Laureate for Literature)

    Dodsworth – Sinclair Lewis (First American Nobel Laureate for Literature)

    First published in 1929 this is the 1947 Modern Library edition with a special foreword by Clifton Fadiman.

    Octavo, 377 pages all in very good condition.

    The author Harry Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951) was the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1930.

    Sam Dodsworth makes a fortune selling his automotive business and with his younger glamorous wife, Fran, heads for a summer in Europe. Soon they find that their different interests drive them apart … Fran enjoying the high party life whilst Sam’s interests lie in history and culture. Fran falls for an admirer and that’s the end of the relationship. Sam has a more enduring meeting ..

    Dodsworth a special story – readable and with meaning.


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  • Tortilla Flat – John Steinbeck

    Tortilla Flat – John Steinbeck

    First published in 1935 this is the book that brought success for John Steinbeck.

    This is the Modern Library edition, a 1970’s issue, Steinbeck had passed away in 1968 as noted on the back flap … although not updated in the “Note on the Author”.

    As well as the “Note’ we have Steinbeck’s own remarks about the book. He struggled a bit with the critics interpretation of the characters in the book … he held them close to his heart.

    Octavo, 317 pages with illustrations by Ruth Gannett. A nice copy.

    The story of “Danny’s House” and the lives and exploits of the Paisanos that lived there.


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