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  • Lord Rochester’s Monkey (Being the Life of John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester) – Graham Greene – First U.S. Edition  1974

    Lord Rochester’s Monkey (Being the Life of John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester) – Graham Greene – First U.S. Edition 1974

    Graham Green had written this lengthy biography in the early 1930’s. Rochester’s work and life were considered rather racy for the period and there was difficulty getting it published.

    Moving the clock forward to 1974 and it is finally published backed up by some very good relevant illustrations.

    Published by Viking, New York. Large octavo (25cm by 19cm) 231 pages with numerous illustrations many in colour. Very good condition.

    Wilmot, the second Earl Rochester (the first having hidden Charles up the Oak tree) was well favoured by the restored King Charles II. He had an incredible brain, although at Oxford spent the entire time drunk. He entered the King’s Court at an early age after a surprisingly distinguished naval career. His writing of odes and poetry was of the highest standard although cutting; a wit to the extreme. A wit not held back on the King himself who saw Rochester off to the Tower to reflect. Supposed to be the author of the erotic play Sodom, based on the debauch Court of Charles. None of his work was published in his lifetime … he died at an early age from medical complications associated with his wild life.

    Lord Rochester his life was not Monkey Business

    Note, at the time of listing we have a number of Rochester related items including Gilbert Burnet’s biography published in 1680 and the Secret Memoirs of the Duke and Duchess of Orleans published London 1708 … the Duchess of Orleans being Charles II sister with whom, let’s say, Rochester was familiar.

    $60.00

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  • May We Borrow Your Husband? and Other Comedies of the Sexual Life – Graham Greene – First Australian Edition – 1967

    May We Borrow Your Husband? and Other Comedies of the Sexual Life – Graham Greene – First Australian Edition – 1967

    Published by the Bodley Head in Sydney, Australia in 1967, a first edition.

    Octavo, 188 pages all in fine condition in a beautiful condition complete dust jacket.

    Greene twelve short stories – “Comedies of the Sexual Life” many of which rank among his best, including the title story, May We Borrow Your Husband; The Over-night Bag (useful advice); Cheap in August; The Invisible Japanese Gentlemen etc etc

    Superb dust jacket art .. makes a great and thoughtful gift.

    Greene wit at its best …. Australian first edition

    $60.00

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  • The Human Factor – Graham Greene – Australian First Edition

    The Human Factor – Graham Greene – Australian First Edition

    A first Australian edition published by The Bodley Head in Australia, Sydney in 1978.

    Octavo, 339 pages top edge stained lilac as required. Very good if not better condition with a super dust jacket.

    Graham Green himself an ex spy back in the world of spies. “Out of reality are our tales of imagination fashioned” – superb Greene. A leak has occurred in SIS and a suspicions and tensions build. Among a number of characters, Maurice Castle, dull but brilliant enjoys sausages for lunch at Voyager Bill’s favourite pub … must be smarter than they think!

    Australian First Greene out Spying.

    $40.00

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  • Brighton Rock – Graham Greene – First Australian edition 1944

    Brighton Rock – Graham Greene – First Australian edition 1944

    First Australian edition published by Invincible Press printed by “Truth”. Published in 1944. Softcover, octavo, stapled 175 pages showing some usual even toning of war paper – still a pretty good copy. Cover design identical to the UK first.

    The Publisher summary on the front cover is taken from the Heinemann first UK edition of 1938 … “A story of murder and love, of guilt and faith, of the perpetual conflict between evil and good, Brighton Rock is one of the most powerful and exciting novels the publishers have handled” … and it certainly is …

    Many regard this as Greene’s greatest work. Being short in form he still regarded it as an “Entertainment” rather than a fully formed and sized novel.

    Dickie Attenborough starred in the first film adaptation … now recognised as a classic … Dickie was brilliant in the role of the central character

    Graham Greene Collectable

    $90.00

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  • The Quiet American  – Graham Greene

    The Quiet American – Graham Greene

    This is the Book Society in conjunction with Heinemann, London issued the same year as the principal first.

    Octavo, 247, aged around page edges, private bookplate on paste down under front jacket flap. Full dust jacket in pretty good condition. All up a good to better copy of a desirable issue.

    Later turned into a classic movie (how many of Green’s novels have not been?) based in Indo-China a striking story of new and old world

    Greene classic – 1955 Edition

    $50.00

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  • Our Man in Havana – Graham Greene

    Our Man in Havana – Graham Greene

    This the still collectable Reprint Society edition of 1960. Pretty good condition albeit with previous owners name to the front free end paper.

    Graham Greene’s masterpiece and a fine encouragement to all vacuum cleaner salesmen.

    Greene laughs … as he described it – An Entertainment.

    $40.00

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