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  • The Girl with the Squint – Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    The Girl with the Squint – Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    Published by Hamish Hamilton, London a first English edition 1978. Translated from the French by Helen Thomson.

    Octavo, 156 pages, great dust jacket, fine condition overall.

    It all starts in the back streets of Rochefort. Sylvie beautiful … Marie with the squint happy to play the supporting role. Grown up Sylvia ruthless driven by the ambition of wealth. Tables might be turned … maybe.

    Marie … will she make it through?

    $35.00

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  • Maigret’s Rival – Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    Maigret’s Rival – Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    Published by Hamish Hamilton, London a first English edition 1979. Translated from the French by Helen Thomson.

    Octavo, 154 pages, fine dust jacket, all in very good condition.

    Maigret investigates a murder as a favour to the examining magistrate. It gets more complicated than first expected. Private detective, Cavre, is shadowing his moves. Maigret is afraid Cavre will get the upper hand.

    Maigret not keen on competition.

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  • The Magician –  Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    The Magician – Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    Published by Hamish Hamilton, London a first English edition 1974. Translated from the French by Helen Sebba.

    Octavo, 188 pages all in pretty good condition.

    The conjurer liked a drink in the Montmartre after his show. He overindulged and caused issues in his marriage. Their relationship continued with quiet intimacy … until ill health changed all that …

    Simenon at his most poignant

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  • Three Beds in Manhattan – Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    Three Beds in Manhattan – Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    Published by Hamish Hamilton London, a first English edition 1976. Translated from the French by Lawrence G. Blochman.

    Octavo, 186 pages, fine dust jacket, all in super condition.

    Two lonely people meet in Greenwich Village and a night filled with drink propels them into intimacy but they may be too afraid to believe a new life might have begun. Reality that is Simenon.

    The sensitive side of Simenon

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  • The Love Books of Ovid – Illustrated by Jean de Bosschere – 1925 – Super Copy

    The Love Books of Ovid – Illustrated by Jean de Bosschere – 1925 – Super Copy

    Full title … “The Love Books of Ovid being the Amores [The Loves], Ars Amatoria [The Art of Love], Remedia Amoris [The Cure for Love] and Medicamina Faciei Femineae [Women’s Facial Cosmetics] of Publius Ovidus Naso translated out of the Latin by J. Lewis May”.

    With the extravagant illustrations of the great Jean De Bosschere, Voyagers favourite book illustrator of all time.

    Published by the Bodley Head in 1925 number 1583 of a limited edition of 3000. Large octavo (24cm by 16cm). This is the finest copy we have seen partly because we have the original dust jacket which is as scarce as hen’s teeth. The beautiful blue covers with lavish gilt work were also designed by Bosschere. The many illustrations of which several are in striking colour are a little naughty but oh so natural to the stories of Publius Ovidious.

    Best copy of The Love Book – superbly illustrated

    $220.00

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  • Tarka the Otter – Henry Williamson – 1929 Edition

    Tarka the Otter – Henry Williamson – 1929 Edition

    The full title of the book is “Tarka the Otter: His Joyful Water-Life and Death in the Country of the Two Rivers”

    First published in 1927, early editions are very valuable. This is sixth edition or ninth impression of September 1929. Rarely found in its dust jacket. The fourth edition onwards included a few revisions following the suggestions of T.E.L. – see more later.

    Published by Putnam’s London, the original publisher. Octavo, 255 pages, with some age but still very good.

    A highly influential novel and Williamson’s best known work. Won the Hawthornden Prize in 1928. Describes the life of ab otter who lived in the countryside around the River Taw and River Torridge in North Devon. Tarka means “Wandering Stream”.

    Putnam had sent a review copy to T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia) who had responded with a typically thorough, no punches held, response. Putnam sent this on to Williamson who, despite the criticisms, established a friendship with Lawrence [see our copy of Threnos for T.E. Lawrence by Williamson].

    Tarka is a really super book and is up there with the best of British novels that draw on the rural environment.

    Sought after Tarka down by the Two Rivers.

    $90.00

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