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  • Mother Goose and Her Friends – Adventures in the Old Woman’s Shoe – Maude Radford Warren and Eve Davenport – illustrated by Charles Federer

    Mother Goose and Her Friends – Adventures in the Old Woman’s Shoe – Maude Radford Warren and Eve Davenport – illustrated by Charles Federer

    Absurdly wonderful book of tales, published by Hodder & Stoughton, first English edition 1923. Large thick octavo, 309 pages, with ten tipped in coloured plates, fancy end papers, coloured plate pasted to front board. A trifle age – really a super copy, by any standards very good for a book now over a century old.

    Traditional children’s stories with no prejudice and positive messages and lots of fun. Old King Cole was a merry old soul and Simple Simon’s pieman had a very large pie on his head.

    Stories for children that pass the test of time

    $50.00

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  • Alvin Lustig Dust Jacket design for New Directions – 50 Postcard style Illustrations.

    Alvin Lustig Dust Jacket design for New Directions – 50 Postcard style Illustrations.

    Voyager hero and favourite graphic designer Alvin Lustig got into bed with super New York publisher of high end literature, New Directions, to design unique dust jacket art for the likes of Tennessee William, Dylan Thomas, Ezra Pound etc.

    This boxed set of fifty postcards is a retrospective of that work comprising some of the more unusual designs. Unfortunately the books are getting out of reach for all but the devoted cashed up collector. So why not get this selection as an introduction or reminder of this man’s talent.

    Would make a super gift – and get over the – we don’t use postcards any more – they are a memento of normal life as it once was before the whole world spent their whole waking moments tapping away with two fingers on a iphone … uuhhggh.

    Lustig beautifully presented and maybe a challenge for some.

    $35.00

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  • Orchids for Biggles – Captain W.E. johns – First Edition 1962

    Orchids for Biggles – Captain W.E. johns – First Edition 1962

    Published by the Brockhampton Press in 1962, a first edition.

    Octavo, 168 pages, coloured frontispiece “Sorry, old boy …”, a preety good copy in a slightly chipped dust jacket. Biggles list at back ticked off by an enthusiast.

    Top secret documents are missing along with a nuclear research scientist who is demanding a million dollars for their return. Unfortunately they have gone to the Peruvian jungle “among the orchids”. Biggles and his team will sort it al out …

    Biggles … too busy to small the orchids.

    $60.00

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  • The Works of Sir Thomas Malory- 3 Volumes Complete – edited Eugene Vinaver – First Edition Oxford 1947.

    The Works of Sir Thomas Malory- 3 Volumes Complete – edited Eugene Vinaver – First Edition Oxford 1947.

    Large first edition set published by the Clarendon Press, Oxford in 1947.

    Thick royal octavo, 1,742 pages overall, original black cloth covered bindings, impressed design to front, gilt titles to spine, original dust jackets a little tattered but rarely there. Obvious odeur de bibliotheque – forgive them for their reverence. The odd illustration such as a page from the Winchester manuscript (see below).

    Russian born Eugene Vinaver was at the time Professor of French Language and Literature at Manchester university. He is best know for this voluminous work which takes its place as the best study on Malory and the Authurian Legends. In 1928 Vinaver founded the Arthurian Society which became the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages. TE Lawrence had an interest before his untimely death.

    The Vivaner Arthur is based on the 15th century Winchester Manuscript which was discovered in the Fellows’ Library at Winchester in 1934 – what other prizes must these old English libraries still hold? Vivaner provides an enlightening analysis of the differences with the first Caxton printed work.

    A summary of the contents …

    Volume I – after ix Preface – introduction including the Knight-Prisoner; the Story of the Book; the Writer’s Progress and the Method of Editing. Caxton’s Preface followed by the works …

    The Tale of King Arthur; the Tale of the Noble King Arthur that was Emperor Himself through Dignity of His Hands; the Noble Tale of Sir Launcelot du Lake; the Tale of Sir Gareth of Orkeney that was called Bewmaynes; The Book of Sir Tristram de Lyones.

    Vol II – The Book of Sir Tristram de Lyones (cont); the Tale of the Sankgreal Briefly Drawn out of French, which is a Tale Chronicled for One of the Truest and One of the Holiest That Is in This World.

    Vol III – the Book of Sir Launcelot and Queen Guinevere; The Most Piteous Tale of the Morte Arthur Saunz Gwerdon; Commentary on various Tales,; Bibliography; Glossary and Index etc.

    Thomas Malory the Full Works provided and explained … a Magnificent Effort.

    $190.00

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  • A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway True First Edition -1964 – Predates American Edition by one day

    A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway True First Edition -1964 – Predates American Edition by one day

    First edition published by Jonathan Cape, London in 1964. Octavo, 192 pages with the stunning wrap around dust jacket designed by Hans Tisdall. The font Tisdall invented for this purpose carries his name.

    Very good condition with minor mark to front of jacket, otherwise very clean and no dust jacket nibbles. Terrific internally.

    Written by Hemingway in his final days before he took his life so tragically. The draft was in his bedroom and published posthumously.

    Tells of Hemingway’s early years in Paris with his young bride (1921-1926) and the people (what people) he associated with … Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis, James Joyce, Scott Fitzgerald … do we need to go on?

    “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast”.

    Scarce Collectable delightful Hemingway – First Edition

    $160.00

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  • Jack Maggs – Peter Carey – First edition

    Jack Maggs – Peter Carey – First edition

    A first edition published by the University of Queensland Press in 1997. Large octavo, 392 pages, a little evenly toned we think, otherwise unblemished in a super dust jacket.

    Carey’s Jack Maggs is straight out of Dickens and the characters and homage are clear to the end. Much admired for that literary daring.

    Jack Maggs returns to London from Australia in 1837. He needs to be careful as his departure from London had not been at his own pleasure. He has a clear and honourable objective … but its not that simple.

    Peter Carey in the manner of C.D. with Maggs

    $35.00

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