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  • The First 49 Stories – Ernest Hemingway – 1952 Edition

    The First 49 Stories – Ernest Hemingway – 1952 Edition

    An early edition published by Jonathan Cape in 1952.

    Octavo, 471 pages, previous name on end paper, a very clean copy internally, unclipped dust jacket a trifle marked and chipped to lower spine. Very good overall.

    The best introduction to Hemingway. Many favourites including the Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber: Killers; Snows of Kilimanjaro; the Gambler the Nun, and the Radio etc

    The Way into Hemingway and earlier one

    $60.00

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  • The Honorary Consul – Graham Greene – First Australian edition 1973.

    The Honorary Consul – Graham Greene – First Australian edition 1973.

    Published by The Bodley Head in Australia, Sydney in 1973. A first Australian edition.

    Octavo, 335 pages one of Greene’s more substantial novels. A couple of scuffs to dust jacket now protected like all our books in removable Brodart, name on end paper, really a very good copy.

    Provincial Argentina, revolution in Paraguay and more than the usual array of unusual characters that inhabit a Greene novel.

    Exciting Greene in South America

    $40.00

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  • Floating Peril – E. Phillips Oppenheim – 1936 First edition.

    Floating Peril – E. Phillips Oppenheim – 1936 First edition.

    First edition published by Blue Ribbon Books (Part of Burt) New York, 1926. The novel had been serialised in the New York Post the year before.

    Octavo, 309 pages, dust jacket designed by Bip Pares shows a little edge ware but still shows this deco mystery magnificently. Under the jacket is a similarly embossed design on bright orange cloth covered boards. Super presentation.

    A yachting mystery commencing in the Bay of Antibes. An international thriller with moral conflict

    First edition Exotic thriller

    $60.00

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  • The Realms of Gold [Greek Legends] – George Baker

    The Realms of Gold [Greek Legends] – George Baker

    Originally published in 1954 this is a fine copy of the 1960 reissue. Published by the University of London Press, octavo, 262 pages, illustrated with drawing in the classic style, end paper maps. Very good near find condition with a fine dust jacket.

    Baker a published classicist retells Greek myths and legends in a very readable enjoyable style. Beginning with the quarrel that was to start the Trojan War. Then, the adventures of Perseus and the slaying of the Gorgon. Hercules freeing Athens and the terrible Minotaur. The Quest of the Golden Fleece with a capital “Q”. the wanderings of Odysseus …. To the settlement of the Trojan survivors in Italy and the foundation of Rome.

    The Greek Legends – no Latin required …

    $25.00

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  • The Gold Trail – Henry Stacpoole – First Edition 1916

    The Gold Trail – Henry Stacpoole – First Edition 1916

    From the author of The Blue Lagoon and The Pearl Fishers.

    A first U.S. edition published by John Lane, New York in 1916. Octavo, 308 pages plus publishers advertisements. Original clay coloured cloth covered boards with striking design in black and gilt to front. Inner hinges re-enforced, bookplate removed from front past down, some age marks, internally pretty bright and clean. A pretty good copy of a now very scarce book

    Irish born Henry Stacpoole (1863-1951) was for some time a ship’s Doctor mostly in the South Pacific. He later became a very successful author. His novels often based in New Guinea or the Pacific Islands reflect his in depth understanding of the environment, people etc.

    This novel, titled “The Reef of Stars” in the UK starts in Sydney .. a venture is formed and off to New Guinea … up a river a heroine is found among the local tribes … the unfortunate Maquart goes made over his inability to move a fortune in gold … etc tense stuff in equatorial New Guinea,

    Scarce early novel based in unknown New Guinea

    $50.00

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  • Manila Galleon [Anson’s Voyage] – F van Wyck mason – First Edition 1961.

    Manila Galleon [Anson’s Voyage] – F van Wyck mason – First Edition 1961.

    An unusual one from the Anson’s Voyage Cannon … the novelisation of the dramatic events by American author Francis van Wyck Mason.

    First UK edition published by Hutchinson, London in 1961. Octavo, 490 pages plus appendices and explanatory forward. Dust jacket a bit tattered cloth covered boards a bit flecked. Nice and clean inside, end paper charts etc. A pretty good copy of an interesting read.

    The story of Anson’s voyage to put it about the Spanish in the Pacific and steal their gold [lots of it] from the “Manila Galleon” is a remarkable one. Several books from the period, mid 18th century, and many afterwards. Our author was languishing in a London hospital bed in 1946 when he read the interesting contemporary account of Pascoe Thomas … like many he was hooked on the broader story from then … it took a while to read the other volumes, assimilate the basis of his historical story and finalise this weighty fact based novel. We love it.

    The Manila Galleon – Anson’s Prize

    $80.00

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