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  • Travels with My Aunt – Graham Greene – First Edition 1969

    Travels with My Aunt – Graham Greene – First Edition 1969

    Published by the Bodley Head, London a first edition in 1969.

    Octavo, 319 pages, decorative jacket designed by Stephen Russ. Very good condition albeit with a some tiny dust jacket chips around the spine top. Protected in Brodart as are all our dust jackets..

    Surely Graham Greene’s funniest book – as with many of his, the basis of a movie success. Parts of this appeared in Playboy!?

    Aunt Agatha travels with her young lover Wordsworth; Curran from the CIA gets involved; Visconti wanted by Interpol … caught up in all of this is Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager .. well its time they had a bit of fun.

    First Edition – Hilarious – Perfect

    $50.00

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  • Captain Caution – Kenneth Roberts – First UK Edition 1949

    Captain Caution – Kenneth Roberts – First UK Edition 1949

    First UK edition published by Collins, London in 1949.

    American historical adventure writer Roberts highly regarded at the time compared, by some, with Dumas and Victor Hugo … high praise indeed.

    Octavo, 255 pages with the super period dust jacket. A fine copy the condition surprising considering age and time of printing.

    In the main concerning the American War of Independence. Our hero Captain Marvin stocks it up the British but not without a period of imprisonment in the hulks … escapes and takes a prize in true Hornblower fashion. He escapes to France and is victorious in a thrilling naval battle off Madeira.

    Captain Caution is not so Cautious.

    $30.00

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  • Brighton Rock – Graham Greene – Scarce Australian First – 1944

    Brighton Rock – Graham Greene – Scarce Australian First – 1944

    First Australian edition published by Invincible Press printed by “Truth”. Published in 1944. Really scarce. Octavo, stapled 175 pages. Card covers in pink with black ink title and notes, repaired closed tear. Showing some age, covers but not text giving a bit at the staples. Still a pretty good copy given its obvious fragility. Cover design identical to the UK first.

    The Publisher summary on the front cover is taken from the Heinemann first UK edition of 1938 … “A story of murder and love, of guilt and faith, of the perpetual conflict between evil and good, Brighton Rock is one of the most powerful and exciting novels the publishers have handled” … and it certainly is …

    Many regard this as Greene’s greatest work. Being short in form he still regarded it as an “Entertainment” rather than a fully formed and sized novel.

    Dickie Attenborough starred in the first film adaptation … now recognised as a classic … Dickie was brilliant in the role of the central character

    Graham Greene Scarce Collectable – check it out.

    $80.00

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  • The Chiffon Scarf – Mignon Eberhart – First Edition 1940.

    The Chiffon Scarf – Mignon Eberhart – First Edition 1940.

    1940 First Edition published by The Sun Dial Press, New York. Octavo, 301 pages, some dust jacket chips otherwise a really good copy of a hard to come by period mystery.

    More murders than Midsummer. A triangular love affair complicates a situation rife with horror! A test flight to check the performance of a new engines leaves two dead. With many a weapons about but what about “The Chiffon Scarf”?

    Nebraska born Mignon Eberhardt (1899-1996) was probably America’s most successful female mystery writer during her lifetime and she wrote from the 1920’s into the 1980’s. Winner of many awards her novels compared with Agatha Christie in terms pf plot, characterisation and dramatic effect …

    1940 First Edition – Sensational Mystery

    $50.00

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  • Kangaroo – Sylvie Selig – Jonathan Cape 1980

    Kangaroo – Sylvie Selig – Jonathan Cape 1980

    Possibly our favourite kangaroo book.

    Picture book published by Jonathan Cape in 1980. Landscape 44 pages and an unusual construction in that every second page is a half page which creates a new image against the full pages … an interesting and amusing device. A pretty good copy.

    Our little kangaroo has an idyllic home life but is carried away by a bird of prey … not for long he is rescued and looked after and soon recovered to his grateful family. Every page a vibrant image. Not said but clearly based in the more tropical parts of Australia.

    Sylvie Selig was born in 1941 in France … her art cover a broad range of styles and her premium work is highly collectable … at the core is her vibrant imagination subtly bordering ion the surreal.

    Collectable kangaroo with striking colourful illustrations.

    $25.00

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  • The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyan – Peter Pauper Press

    The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyan – Peter Pauper Press

    A lovely little production by the superb Mount Vernon, Peter Pauper Press printed delightfully on rag paper.

    The Edward Fitzgerald translation illustrated by Jeff Hill. No date but likely 1970′s

    Unpaginated but 62 pages with 9 full page illustrations, the verses printed crisply within decorative borders. Decorated paper covered boards the design of which carries over to the dust jacket. Very good condition albeit a little ageing to the jacket.

    The Rubaiyat should require no introduction .. every library should have several versions of which this a special one.

    The Rubaiyat by the special Peter Pauper Press.

    $40.00

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