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  • Sweet Bird of Youth  – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1959

    Sweet Bird of Youth – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1959

    A first UK edition published by Secker and Warburg, London in 1959.

    Octavo, 93 pages, very good condition bar dust jacket complete but some foxing.

    Described by Hart Crane as a “Relentless caper for all those who step the legend of their youth into the noon” … and so we should … and maybe the evening.

    The finely crafted dialogue and still with a power to shock as expected from T.W.

    A special work by the post war master …

    $30.00

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  • Orpheus Descending – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1958

    Orpheus Descending – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1958

    A first UK edition published by Secker and Warburg, London in 1958.

    Octavo, 96 pages, very good condition bar a small dust jacket chip.

    Contains an interesting 4 page introduction by the dramatist titled “The Past, The Present and the Perhaps”. TW had already found success with a Streetcar Named Desire before the release of this work. In his introduction Williams tells us that this drama was in fact based on an earlier work “Battle of Angels” and it was in that form that he got his first big break – a $1,000 Rockefeller grant. He had never quit working on it until this publication … suggesting that it is in fact 75% reworked.

    So we think a bit more than just a play but a playwriters experience is embodied in this work.

    Orpheus – a long time coming but done in the end …

    $30.00

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  • Tarka the Otter – Henry Williamson – 1929 Edition

    Tarka the Otter – Henry Williamson – 1929 Edition

    The full title of the book is “Tarka the Otter: His Joyful Water-Life and Death in the Country of the Two Rivers”

    First published in 1927, early editions are very valuable. This is sixth edition or ninth impression of September 1929. Rarely found in its dust jacket. The fourth edition onwards included a few revisions following the suggestions of T.E.L. – see more later.

    Published by Putnam’s London, the original publisher. Octavo, 255 pages, with some age but still very good.

    A highly influential novel and Williamson’s best known work. Won the Hawthornden Prize in 1928. Describes the life of ab otter who lived in the countryside around the River Taw and River Torridge in North Devon. Tarka means “Wandering Stream”.

    Putnam had sent a review copy to T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia) who had responded with a typically thorough, no punches held, response. Putnam sent this on to Williamson who, despite the criticisms, established a friendship with Lawrence [see our copy of Threnos for T.E. Lawrence by Williamson].

    Tarka is a really super book and is up there with the best of British novels that draw on the rural environment.

    Sought after Tarka down by the Two Rivers.

    $90.00

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