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  • The Small Bachelor – P.G. Wodehouse – New Edition 1970 – Fine Copy

    The Small Bachelor – P.G. Wodehouse – New Edition 1970 – Fine Copy

    This is an old one, first published in 1927. This is the first printing of a new issue by Barrie & Jenkins, London in 1970. Octavo, 204 pages, a very good copy in a complete dust jacket

    Complex Wodehouse carry-on. George Finch artist who desires New York socialite Molly Wellington, cannot paint .. a hopeless artists. Her mother prefers the advances of Lord Hunstanton. Many characters contribute to George’s success or lack of … including a poetic policeman, an ex-convict valet, a fortune teller, Fanny the pickpocket etc.

    Read carefully or your laughing will cause injury!

    $60.00

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  • Period of Adjustment – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1960.

    Period of Adjustment – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1960.

    A first UK edition published by Secker and Warburg, London in 1960.

    Subtitled … High Point over a Cavern. Described as a “Serious Comedy” … and it is … there is a strong message and quite a few laughs.

    Octavo, 95 pages all in super condition.

    Set on Christmas Eve it’s a tale about two couples who have been married a few years and are facing the tensions that can arise …

    Made into a Hollywood Movie in 1962 for which star Jane Fonda was nominated for a Golden Globe.

    A good Christmas Eve read … it will not be on the telly … it’s not reality

    $35.00

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  • The Moon Is Down – John Steinbeck – First  Edition 1942

    The Moon Is Down – John Steinbeck – First Edition 1942

    Steinbeck’s classic wartime story and the bravery of free people whatever their circumstances.

    1942 first UK edition published by Heinemann.

    Octavo, 120 pages, aged but near full dust jacket, war paper but only light toning, still a good copy of a first edition.

    Steinbeck special positive war time story

    $40.00

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  • Amorous Fiammetta – Boccaccio – Stunning Illustrations and  Striking Gilt Illustrated Vivid Vellum Cover – First Limited Numbered Edition 1929

    Amorous Fiammetta – Boccaccio – Stunning Illustrations and Striking Gilt Illustrated Vivid Vellum Cover – First Limited Numbered Edition 1929

    Published as a limited edition (No 118 of 550) in 1929 by the Mandrake Press, London.

    This is simply a stunning book – starting with the vivid blue/green stained limp vellum covers with yapp edges with striking gold motif of The Three Graces. Maybe the most beautiful book we have had. A feast of brightly coloured illustrations … simply stunning.

    Originally written by Giovanni Boccaccio and translated into English by Bartholomew Young in 1587.

    Edited and introduced by K.H. Josling. Illustrated by M. Leone

    Folio, after preliminaries .. Introduction of xxxviii pages; further introductions etc per original text up to xlix; 161 pages then illustrated limitation page. Quality bright gilt to all page edges.

    The beautiful Fiammetta was the beloved muse of Giovanni Boccaccio, and was almost certainly Maria d’Aquino (died 1382) a Neapolitan noblewoman. She was the illegitimate daughter of Robert the Wise, King of Naples. Her mother was Sibilia Sabran, wife of Count Thomas IV of Aquino. She was begat during King Roberts coronation festivities.

    Beautiful, will make a super gift

    $340.00

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  • Garden District – Two Plays .. Something Unspoken and Suddenly Last Summer – Tennessee Williams – First Edition 1959

    Garden District – Two Plays .. Something Unspoken and Suddenly Last Summer – Tennessee Williams – First Edition 1959

    A first UK edition published by Secker and Warburg, London in 1959.

    Octavo, 72 pages, very good condition.

    Two plays … a short one Something Unspoken a type often referred to as a curtain-raiser; and the longer Suddenly Last Summer.

    Both had just been performed in England at the London Arts Theatre to much acclaim

    Entertaining and still challenging from T.W. …

    $30.00

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  • Sweet Bird of Youth  – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1959

    Sweet Bird of Youth – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1959

    A first UK edition published by Secker and Warburg, London in 1959.

    Octavo, 93 pages, very good condition bar dust jacket complete but some foxing.

    Described by Hart Crane as a “Relentless caper for all those who step the legend of their youth into the noon” … and so we should … and maybe the evening.

    The finely crafted dialogue and still with a power to shock as expected from T.W.

    A special work by the post war master …

    $30.00

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