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  • The Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith -1791

    The Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith -1791

    This is a single volume from Goldsmith’s Works published by Morison, Perth and Edinburgh.

    What makes it interesting as a single volume is that it contains all of his Poetical works along with his narrative on Lord Bolingbroke and Dr Parnell.

    Bound in full original calf with separate red leather title and a volume label. Small octavo, 209 pages, with two full page copper engraved plates. Page edges speckled the whole generally in very good antiquarian condition.

    Some quite lengthy and beautiful poems such as … the Deserted Village, the Traveller, the Hermit … and some amusing ones … A Description of an Author’s Bed-Chamber, the haunch of Venison and we quote here partly due to brevity … Epitaph on Edward Purdon

    Here lies poor Ned Purdon, from misery freed,
    Who long was a bookseller’s hack;
    He led such a damnable life in this world, -
    I don’t think he’ll wish to come back.

    Goldsmith explains … This gentleman was educated at Trinity College, Dublin; but having wasted his patrimony, he enlisted as a foot soldier. Growing tired of that employment, he obtained his discharge, and became a scribbler in the newspapers. He translated Voltaire’s Henriade.

    Oliver Goldsmith interesting Poetry and funnier than you thought.

    $60.00

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  • Our Man in Havana – Graham Greene

    Our Man in Havana – Graham Greene

    This the still collectable Reprint Society edition of 1960. Pretty good condition albeit with previous owners name to the front free end paper.

    Graham Greene’s masterpiece and a fine encouragement to all vacuum cleaner salesmen.

    Greene laughs … as he described it – An Entertainment.

    $40.00

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  • Cocktail Time – P.G. Wodehouse – First Edition Collectable

    Cocktail Time – P.G. Wodehouse – First Edition Collectable

    First Edition published by Herbert Jenkins, London in 1958.

    Octavo, 222 very funny pages all in very good clean condition. Great period dust jacket.

    a sought-after Wodehouse. Frederick, Fifth Earl of Ickenham has a lot of things on his plate but he gets them (everybody) sorted with hilarity.

    Collectable Wodehouse – First Edition

    $80.00

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  • Frozen Assets – Wodehouse – First Edition

    Frozen Assets – Wodehouse – First Edition

    Wodehouse First Edition published by Herbert Jenkins, London 1964.

    Octavo, 219 pages all in very good condition. All of our dust jackets are covered with removable Brodart for protection. Dust jacket art by Payne.

    Edmund Biffen Pkye (Biffy) left his fortune to his godson much to the surprise of closer relatives with an eye on the cash. However, the proviso that the young man stay free from the clutches of the law until his 30th birthday sets the hilarious ball rolling…

    Wodehouse First Edition – Hilarious

    $70.00

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  • Humour – The Folio Anthology – Preface P.G. Wodehouse -1992

    Humour – The Folio Anthology – Preface P.G. Wodehouse -1992

    A first of type published by the Folio Society, London 1992. Large octavo, 400 pages including biographical notes. Very good condition and in its usual slipcase.

    We do not normally sell recycled Folio books … this one we feel is different however. Hutchinson had previously published a couple of hilarious anthologies of funny short stories … A Century of Humour and A Second Century of Humour … the complier P.G. Wodehouse. This is a selection of the best of both with the Wodehouse Preface respectfully retained.

    Some of our favorites … The Grey Parrot; The Dog that Bit People; The Landlord of the Love-a-duck; The Diary of a Nobody; the Canterville Ghost; Dinner Party at Fraser’s; Three Men in a Boat (We stopped under the willows at Kempton Park.) etc etc many many more

    Voyager Bill used to have jacket the same as the covers on this book … left it somewhere … wonder where?

    Lots of laughs …. with P.G. Wodehouse approval

    $35.00

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  • The Clown – E.J. Oliver – First Edition 1951

    The Clown – E.J. Oliver – First Edition 1951

    A first edition, published by Jonathan Cape in 1951. Octavo, 256 pages.

    Very good condition with the striking Hans Tindall designed jacket (see Voyager’s Hemingway Collection).

    A boy has designs to be an actor and ends up a clown … will it be enough. Entertaining, intelligent ironic.

    Thought provoking Clown dressed by Tinsdall

    $70.00

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