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  • The Pearl – John Steinbeck – First UK Edition 1948

    Published by Heinemann, London in 1948. A special short story from the Nobel prize winning author.

    Octavo, 98 pages, dust jacket with some age an chips, otherwise a bright copy of a scarce Steinbeck work.

    Based on an old Mexican folk story … the Great Pearl. How it was found and lost. A simple story about folks … Kino the fisherman, his wife Coyitio and baby Juana. Enchanting.

    The Pearl – a Steinbeck First from a story long told in Mexico by the Ocean.



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  • A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway – Coveted Edition – Published by Jonathan Cape

    A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway – Coveted Edition – Published by Jonathan Cape

    Hemingway’s greatest book. WWI in Italy and a love affair that ends in tragedy.

    Published by Jonathan Cape, London in 1970 with the desirable wrap around jacket with the striking font designed by Hans Tisdall. Octavo, 286 pages, a very good copy albeit roughing from removal of private library removal on front end paper

    Minor ageing and a complete near fine dust jacket.

    Read the first paragraph and you will never leave it!

    “In the late afternoon of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains. In the bed of the river there were pebbles and boulders, dry and white in the sun, and the water was clear and swiftly moving and blue in the channels. Troops went by the house and down the road and the dust they raised powdered the leaves of the trees. The trunks of the trees too were dusty and the leaves fell early that year and we saw the troops marching along the road and the dust rising and leaves, stirred by the breeze, falling and the soldiers marching and afterwards the road bare and white except for the leaves”

    Great Hemingway – A Farewell to Arms – our preferred Publisher.


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  • True at First Light – Ernest Hemingway (Introduced by Patrick Hemingway) – First Edition

    True at First Light – Ernest Hemingway (Introduced by Patrick Hemingway) – First Edition

    Regarded by the London Times as “the most important book to appear in 1999″

    A posthumously published work. Released in 1999 to coincide with the 100 year anniversary of Hemingway’s birth.

    Relates to the 1953-54 safari to East Africa with his fourth wife. Part fiction part fact. Much controversy regarding its release. One school believing that Patrick’s indulgence in editing this unfinished work partly commercially driven. Hemingway lovers on the other hand happy to get some more words from the great man.

    Published by Heinemann, 319 pages. A fine copy in near new condition.

    Hemingway in Africa with some reality and some fantasy.


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  • A Fringe of Leaves – Patrick White – First Edition 1976

    A Fringe of Leaves – Patrick White – First Edition 1976

    A very good copy of Patrick White’s novelisation of what was the shipwreck of the Stirling Castle and the subsequent death of all of the survivors except fro Mrs Fraser who would live among the aboriginal people until rescued by a convict tracker.

    Published by Jonathan Cape, London in 1976. Octavo, 405 pages, super condition including the jacket. Sydney Nolan jacket art. White had received the Nobel Prize in 1973.

    Nice copy of a collectable White edition based on Queensland survival fact.


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  • An Egyptian Journal – William Golding

    An Egyptian Journal – William Golding

    A first US edition by Nobel Prize winning William Golding, published by Faber and Faber in 1985.

    Golding’s first novel “Lord of the Flies” a Voyager favourite … strange because originally rejected by Faber and, despite his first, surely significantly .behind his Nobel award … which arrived in 1983 just before the publication of this adventure in Egypt. Aussies will know his Rites of Passage and the other parts of what was a superb trilogy … made into a classic screenplay with Benedict Cumberbatch as the protagonist.

    An unusual and interesting book, a no nonsense account … Golding only needed to please one person … himself. So we quite like his honest views of everything Egyptian on the tour … not done in grand style but in the fashion of any honest adventurer.

    Larger octavo, 207 pages, illustrated with interesting titling .. a very good copy.

    A very different Egypt travel account by the talented irascible sarcastic observant Golding


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  • The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway – First UK Edition 1952

    The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway – First UK Edition 1952

    Should be everyone’s favourite short read. Nobel citation – “his powerful style-forming mastery of the art of modern narration, as most lately revealed in his novel The Old Man and the Sea”.

    A story with a powerful message about pushing beyond one’s natural boundaries .. and where do we end up?

    A first UK edition, technically behind the US issue the same year. The US edition published 1st September 1952, the UK edition later that month.

    Octavo, 127 pages. In a later issue of the adorable colourful wrap around jacket by Hans Tisdall. The jacket in good condition. The boards have some marks and the front free end paper has been excised (presumably carried a shy person’s name). The pages are pretty clean, some light foxing in the back end papers. Still a good to better copy.

    Nobel Classic – Ernest Hemingway – First UK Edition in relevant but later jacket.


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