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  • Ice in the Bedroom – P.G. Wodehouse – First Edition 1961

    Ice in the Bedroom – P.G. Wodehouse – First Edition 1961

    Wodehouse First UK Edition 1961. Octavo, 223 pages, red cloth covered boards with silver titling to spine and front. Dust jacket near complete, a little aged, sunned on spine. A trifle spotted on page edges, clean inside. A pretty good copy.

    Freddie Widgeon has slaved a a solicitors clerk. His meagre days seem over as his holding in Silver River Oil Stock has ramped up following the recommendation of American Thomas G. Molloy. Where will it all end and with what hilarity an what is this Ice in the Bedroom.

    Wodehouse Financial Humour – First UK Edition

    $40.00

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  • Full Moon – P.G. Wodehouse First Edition

    Full Moon – P.G. Wodehouse First Edition

    Wodehouse First Edition 1947. Octavo, 252 pages, orange cloth covered boards with black titling to spine and front. Minor dust jacket chip and colour loss to top front spine. Otherwise a very good copy, very clean inside.

    Blandings Castle and Gally (the Earl of Emsworth – Galahad) tries to marry off his daughter Veronica (the dumbest beauty listed in the pages of Debrett’s), with the usual hilarity …

    Wodehouse – First Edition

    $60.00

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  • My Cutey’s Due at Two- To-Two To-Day

    My Cutey’s Due at Two- To-Two To-Day

    Original music score of a “novelty fox-trot” published in 1926 by Bibo, Bloedon & Lang, New York. Written by Leo Robin and Albert Von Tilzer and recorded by Harold Oxley.

    With special arrangement for Ukulele by May Singhi Breen … known as “The Ukulele Lady”.

    Four pages of score for piano (and Ukulele) … the words are hilarious … our singer is certainly missing his Cutey!

    My Cutey’s due at Two-to-Two –
    She’s coming thru on a big choo choo
    She’s been away for months
    But I have-n’t cheated once
    Stay’d home nights didn’t dance
    Was-n’t taking any chance
    Did-n’t flirt and tho’it hurt
    I just couldn’t do my Cutey dirt.

    Very thoughtful …. do-n’t forget the Bon Bons

    My Cutey’s Due – sing in the key of Bertie Wooster!

    $25.00

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  • Il Pentamerone; or, The Tale of Tales – Basile – Translated Sir Richard Burton KCMG – First and Limited Edition – 1893

    Il Pentamerone; or, The Tale of Tales – Basile – Translated Sir Richard Burton KCMG – First and Limited Edition – 1893

    Being a Translation by the Late Sir Richard Burton, K.C.M.G., of Il Pentamerone;OveroLo Cuntode Li Cunte, Trattenemiento de Li Peccerille, of Giovanni Battista Basile, Count of Torne (Gian Alessio Abbattutis).

    First edition in two volumes published by Henry and Co, London 1893. Published posthumously by his devoted wife Lady Burton.

    A limited edition of 1,500 copies. Two volumes, octavo, 282 pages, [283]-562 pages. Original dark blue (near black) buckram cloth, gilt lettered. Minor rubbing to spine ends. Overall a very good clean set of a sought after Burton work.

    The stories in the Pentamerone were collected by Basile and published posthumously by his sister Adriana in Naples in 1634 and 1636 under the pseudonym Abbatutis. The stories were later adapted by a number of authors including the Brothers Grimm who acknowledged the use of stories in the Pentamerone in Cinderella, Rapunzel, Puss in Boots, Sleeping Beauty and Hansel and Gretel.

    Basile recorded the stories in Neapolitan and is regarded as the first writer to record the Neapolitan intonations. The style is heavily Baroque with many metaphorical expressions.

    The term Pentameone comes from the Greek “pente” or five and “hemera” day. The work is set within a “frame story” with fifty separate tales being told over the course of five days … referencing Baccaccio’s Decameron of 1353 which has a ten day structure.

    Beautiful stories translated by the genius that was Sir Richard Burton. Limited first edition.

    $240.00

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