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  • The Natural History of Stuck-Up People – Albert Smith – 1847

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

    Even more scarce in its original form with delicate printed wrappers, albeit a little dusty and chipped. Small octavo, 116 pages with preliminaries and after catalogue.

    Illustrated by A Henning. A hilarious put- down of Stuck-up people. Could still be well applied, approaching two hundred years later.

    Takes us through the life and goings on of the rather stuck-up Lacquer family headed up by the well heeled Spangle Lacquer Esq.

    “These good people partake much of the nature of mushrooms insomuch they haven’t only sprung up with great rapidity to their present elevation, but have also risen from mould of questionable delicacy”

    Very useful early Victorian put-down of the stuck-up variety

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $120.00

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  • The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont – 30 Years amongst the Australian Aborigines – By Himslef – First edition 1899

    The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont – 30 Years amongst the Australian Aborigines – By Himslef – First edition 1899

    Published by George Newnes, London a first edition 1899.

    Octavo, 396 pages with 46 illustrations. Unusual decorative covers with our hero author, in battle with bow and arrow, on stilts! Some age, still a very good copy.

    This book caused an absolute stir in Australia. The Author, real name Henri Louis Grin, claimed to have been shipwrecked and lived among the aborigines in Australia for 30 years where he claimed to have met Ludwig Leichhardt’s daughter. Also, some time in Papua New Guinea with pearls and gold. Told by himself! Seemingly, gave presentations to the Royal Geographical Society before exposed as a fraudster

    Strange adventure in Australia

    $120.00

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  • The Third Man (Graham Greene – Anton Karas) – The Harry Lime Theme

    The Third Man (Graham Greene – Anton Karas) – The Harry Lime Theme

    Sheet Music published by Chappell & Co, London in 1950. Published so-incidental with the BBC adapatation.

    A classic with special appeal for a particular generation. The theme for the film noir The Third Man … written by Graham Greene directed by Carol Reed. Here adopted by the BBC for their rendition of the classic post war drama.

    Whilst filming on location in Vienna, Carol, Orson Welles etc were out on the town and in a wine cellar heard Anton Karas play his zither. Reed was captivated and contracted Karas to play the soundtrack. This act of genius helped to assuage what is widely regarded as the longest speechless ending in film history … check it out, again.

    Dan da dan .. dan da dan de dan ..

    Get out the schnapps and tune up the zither

    $25.00

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  • Orpheus Descending – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1958

    Orpheus Descending – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1958

    A first UK edition published by Secker and Warburg, London in 1958.

    Octavo, 96 pages, very good condition bar a small dust jacket chip.

    Contains an interesting 4 page introduction by the dramatist titled “The Past, The Present and the Perhaps”. TW had already found success with a Streetcar Named Desire before the release of this work. In his introduction Williams tells us that this drama was in fact based on an earlier work “Battle of Angels” and it was in that form that he got his first big break – a $1,000 Rockefeller grant. He had never quit working on it until this publication … suggesting that it is in fact 75% reworked.

    So we think a bit more than just a play but a playwriters experience is embodied in this work.

    Orpheus – a long time coming but done in the end …

    $30.00

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  • The Knightly Quest (A Novella and Twelve Short Stories) – Tennessee Williams -1968

    The Knightly Quest (A Novella and Twelve Short Stories) – Tennessee Williams -1968

    A first UK edition of this collection published by Secker and Warburg, London in 1968. A novella and twelve short stories. Three of the short stories had appeared in “One Arm” published in 1959 – see our copy.

    Octavo, 253 pages, the novella “the Knightly Quest”, a parody of espionage thrillers comprises eighty odd pages. The short stories common with the earlier edition are .. The Poet; Chronicle of a Demise and Desire and the Black Masseur.

    The new short stories are … Hard Candy; Rubio y Morena; The mattress by the Tomato Patch; The Vine; The Mysteries of the Joy Rio; Mama’s Old Stucco House; Man Bring This up Road; The Kingdom of Earth and “Grand”. The first tow are variations on the same theme, with the same setting but with very different results … interesting.

    His shorter stories and one a little longer

    $40.00

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  • One Arm and Other Stories (A Collection of Eleven Short Stories) – Tennessee Williams – First of Type New Directions – 1959

    One Arm and Other Stories (A Collection of Eleven Short Stories) – Tennessee Williams – First of Type New Directions – 1959

    A first trade edition published by special publisher New Directions of New York in 1959.

    Octavo, 211 pages comprising eleven short stories. Dust jacket by the super designer Alvin Lustig although not one he had put a lot of thought into!. One page had thinned through to a hole … looks like a printing flaw. Otherwise a very good copy of a scarce work.

    By this time Williams was already a successful dramatist but his short stories had only ever been published in a limited private form.

    The stories are – One Arm; The Malediction; The Poet; Chronicle of a Demise; Desire and the Black Masseur; Portrait of a Girl in Glass; The Important Thing; The Angel in the Alcove; The Field of Blue Children; The Night of the Iguana and The Yellow Bird. As you can see some of these short stories are inspiration for his later plays, some are about characters in them and some are completely independent works.

    A broad short read introduction to Tennessee Williams. .

    $40.00

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