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  • The Comedians – Graham Greene – First Edition 1966

    The Comedians – Graham Greene – First Edition 1966

    First edition published by The Bodley Head, London in 1966. Octavo, 313 pages. Very good condition. First edition variant dust jacket designed by James and Ruth McCrea.

    Described as a novel, not an entertainment, if you understand the Greene definition.

    Classic Graham Greene novel based in Haiti at the time of dictator Doctor Duvalier “Papa Doc”. Greene could not return to Haiti to finish his novel because of his description of the dictator in the English press. As usual alive with characters and suspense and sometimes comedy.

    First edition Greene Classic

    $50.00

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  • The Best Science Fiction Stories (Second Series)  – Edited Bleiler and Dikty – First Edition 1952

    The Best Science Fiction Stories (Second Series) – Edited Bleiler and Dikty – First Edition 1952

    The second series edited by the experts in the field Bleiler and Dikty. Authors include … Cyril Kornbluth; Damon Knight; Ray Bradbury; Katherine Maclean; L. Sprague de Camp …

    First UK edition published in 1952 by Grayson & Grayson, London. Octavo, 240 pages. Striking dust jacket designed by Madge Marriott. A very good copy super clean inside and very good jacket.

    Fourteen short sci-fi stores, including classics … Not to be Opened; The Mindworm; Contagion; The Last Martian and Born of Man and Woman.

    Stories for grown up readers.

    Classic Sc-fi collection first nicely presented.

    $40.00

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  • Service with a Smile – P.G. Wodehouse – First Edition

    Service with a Smile – P.G. Wodehouse – First Edition

    First edition published by Herbert Jenkins in 1962.

    Octavo, 192 pages. Very good condition albeit with some light age marks to page edges … clean and bright inside. Good dust jacket with closed split near front hinge

    Uncle Fred sorting out the upper crust as usual and importantly stops the theft of the Empress of Blandings (A portly pig) whose beautiful image adorns the front cover.

    Wodehouse First and a rollicking story.

    $50.00

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  • The Pagan Trinity – Beatrice Irwin – First Edition 1912 – Presentation Copy to “Cheiro”

    The Pagan Trinity – Beatrice Irwin – First Edition 1912 – Presentation Copy to “Cheiro”

    An unusual book of poetry dedicated to French artist sculptor Auguste Rodin. The opening poem inspired by Rodin…” The Hand of God”

    Presentation copy inscribed boldly “To Count Louis Hamon with best regards from Beatrice Irwin Feb 15 /12” … the recipient was also known as Cheiro, a famous cheiromancer (palmist) and author of sought after works on that subject.

    A first edition published by John Lane, The Bodley Head, London in 1912. Octavo, 144 pages half vellum binding with nice marbled paper covered boards, top edge gilt. A nice copy with the super dedication.

    A volume of mystical verse reflecting the poet / actress’s interest in colour – music – poetry relationships, then very fashionable in Europe, America, and Russia through the works of Alexander Scriabin. Irwin Beatrice also know as Lady Rosslyn a spiritualist and followed of the Baha’i faith. Virginia Woolf described the style as neo-Paganism and of significance. Her theatrical career was extensive and included a season in Australia in 1907 when she played in Brewster’s Millions in Sydney and Melbourne. Her views on colour were sophisticated and well known … she influenced Australian artists in that regard including Roy de Maistre.

    The book is arranged in under the following descriptions … Plastic poems; Colour poems; Tone Poems; The Music of Japan and Songs of the Elements. We like it.

    Cheiro, or Count Hamon was born William John Warner in Ireland in 1866. He became an internationally renown clairvoyant, palmist, numerologist … anything occult. He read for so many of the famous including Mark Twain, Sarah Bernhardt, Eddison etc. To read about some of his predictions will surprise. It is no surprise however that he had a connection with the mystical Beatrice Irwin.

    Mystical poetry by the colourful Beatrice Irwin – Cheiro’s copy nicely inscribed.

    $160.00

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  • Islands in the Stream – Ernest Hemingway  – First Edition 1970

    Islands in the Stream – Ernest Hemingway – First Edition 1970

    This is the first UK edition published by Collins, London in 1970.

    Large octavo, 398 pages with end paper maps. Very good if not better condition.

    A major novel left among Hemingway’s writings at the time of death. Mary Hemingway said “The book is all Ernest’s. We have added nothing to it” … we believe her …

    Hemingway’s Last Novel and a good one!

    $60.00

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  • Ernest Hemingway – A Comprehensive Bibliography – Compiled and described by Audre Hanneman.

    Ernest Hemingway – A Comprehensive Bibliography – Compiled and described by Audre Hanneman.

    The definitive work published by Princeton University Press in 1967. Significant involvement from Scribner’s as one would expect.

    Large octavo, 568 pages. Complete dust jacket with a couple of small spots, very clean inside a very good copy of a book more often found ex public library.

    Following a Forward by Charles Scribner Jnr an a useful Preface by the compiler we have Part I … which comprises a Chronological List of Hemingway’s books then the main game .. Books and Pamphlets (American and English [mainly Cape] Editions). Here we have the full description of each work and progressive edition.

    Following that … Contributions and First Appearances in Books and Pamphlets; Contributions to Newspapers and Periodicals; Translations; Anthologies and Library Holding (Letters, Ephemera etc)

    Part Ii provided information on books and articles about Hemingway an Part III, really and appendix of references to previous notes.

    This is certainly the “go to” reference … it is before Islands in the Stream and we can see one or two omissions and small errors. But don’t be put off.

    Ernest Hemingway – the reference for collectors an admirers.

    $70.00

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