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Auction Description for Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers: Modern Literature
Auction Description:
Key items include the original program for the London premiere of Fritz Lang's masterpiece Metropolis (1927); Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (1932); George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949); Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar (1963, published pseudonymously); Cormac McCarthy's first four novels; Loujon Press special editions of works by Charles Bukowski and Henry Miller; Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude (1970); and Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic (1983, the first Discworld novel), along with other rarities too numerous to mention! Well-represented genres are science fiction and crime, and there are numerous signed copies scattered throughout the sale. The majority of the 255 single-item lots are true first editions with dustwrappers! This is an online-only auction. Lot 1 will close at 10am GMT on 20 August 2015, with subsequent lots closing at intervals of one minute.
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Additional information or photographs of any item are available on request. All lots can be viewed at our premises in Adelaide, South Australia.
Sale Notes:
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Modern Literature (255 Lots)

by Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers


255 lots with images

August 20, 2015

Timed Auction

Adelaide, Australia

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ABBEY: The Brave Cowboy (1st thus)

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Description: ABBEY, Edward: The Brave Cowboy. An Old Tale in a New Time. London, The Western Book Club, [1957 (first thus)]. Octavo; bright blue papered boards lettered in black on the spine; covers very slightly bumped; tiny light mark to the leading edge; text block moderately and uniformly tanned (but only in parts, as paper stocks of varying acidity have been used); an excellent copy with the very good unclipped dustwrapper slightly creased and rubbed, with a tiny closed tear to the front bottom edge, a small hole in the rear flap near the hinge, and the rear panel marked and a little grubby. Footnote: Eyre and Spottiswoode published the first UK edition earlier the same year; Dodd, Mead and Company, New York published the first edition in 1956. The author's second book, the basis for the classic 1962 film, 'Lonely are the Brave', starring Kirk Douglas and Walter Matthau.

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ACKROYD: The Great Fire of London (1st Ed)

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Description: ACKROYD, Peter: The Great Fire of London. London, Hamish Hamilton, 1982 (first edition). Octavo; red papered boards; a fine copy with the fine unclipped dustwrapper with a tiny mark on the rear flap and endpaper. Footnote: The author's first novel.

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AICKMAN: Dark Entries (1st Ed)

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Description: AICKMAN, Robert: Dark Entries. [Curious and Macabre Ghost Stories (cover sub-title)]. London, Collins, 1964 (first edition). Octavo; light brown papered boards very lightly rubbed and bumped; edges a little foxed and tanned; endpapers very lightly offset, with minimal scattered light foxing (confined mainly to the early leaves); a very good copy with the unclipped dustwrapper a little marked, rubbed and lightly chipped, with a small stain and a short tear to the rear panel.

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ALLAN: Murder at Midnight (4th impression)

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Description: ALLAN, Luke [pseudonym of William Lacey AMY]: Murder at Midnight. Bristol, Arrowsmith, November 1933 (fourth impression)/ March 1930. Octavo; orange cloth lettered in black on the spine; cloth very lightly marked; leading edge very slightly nibbled; front endpaper offset (curiously, the pastedown is the verso of the half-title, with a list of books by the author, and the front flyleaf is the title leaf); small chip to the top margin of the title leaf; an excellent copy with the excellent unclipped dustwrapper lightly marked and chipped, with a few short tears. Footnote: A striking dustwrapper (pun intended, for sure), with 'Broad Arrow Library of Thrillers' printed on the spine. William Lacey Amy was one of the earliest writers of the Canadian West, developing 'a most successful series of Alberta-set western action novels' (George Melnyk: The Literary History of Alberta). This is not one of them, but a contemporary urban murder mystery.

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ANDERSON: Brain Wave (1st Hardback)

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Description: ANDERSON, Poul: Brain Wave. London, William Heinemann, 1955 (first UK edition, and first hardback edition). Octavo; blue papered boards a little bumped at the extremities; top edge a little foxed, impacting slightly on some top margins; contemporary gift inscription on the verso of the front flyleaf; a very good copy with the unclipped dustwrapper a little rubbed, creased and chipped with slight loss to the head of the spine.

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ARNAUD: The Wages of Fear (1st Ed in English)

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Description: ARNAUD, Georges: The Wages of Fear. A Novel of Suspense ... London, The Bodley Head, 1952 (first edition in English). Octavo; red papered boards slightly bumped at the extremities, and lightly sunned at the ends of the spine; top corner of the front board very lightly cracked (only noticeable because of a few creases to the pastedown); a very good copy with the very good unclipped dustwrapper a little marked, chipped and torn, with minor loss to the head and foot of the spine. Footnote: Translated from the French by Norman Dale.

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ASIMOV: Foundation (1st UK)

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Description: ASIMOV, Isaac: Foundation. London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1953 (first UK edition). Octavo; black papered boards lettered in gilt on the spine; edges a little foxed; endpapers and first and last pages offset and lightly foxed; an excellent copy with the excellent price-clipped dustwrapper very lightly marked and rubbed. Footnote: One of the Science Fiction Shelf series.

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ASIMOV: Pebble in the Sky (1st Ed)

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Description: ASIMOV, Isaac: Pebble in the Sky. New York, Doubleday and Company, 1950 (first edition). Octavo; grey cloth lettered in red on the spine; extremities slightly bumped; endpapers and first and last leaves a little offset and lightly foxed; an excellent copy with the good unclipped dustwrapper a little rubbed and chipped, with a thin strip of brown paper reinforcement on the verso along some of the edges. Footnote: The author's first novel.

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ATWOOD: Surfacing (1st UK)

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Description: ATWOOD, Margaret: Surfacing. London, Andre Deutsch, 1973 (first UK edition). Octavo; light brown papered boards lettered in gilt on the spine; endpapers lightly offset; small ownership signature on the flyleaf; an excellent copy with the fine unclipped dustwrapper.

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BALLARD: Hello America (SIGNED 1st)

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Description: BALLARD, J.G.: Hello America. London, Jonathan Cape, 1981 (first edition). Octavo; light brown papered boards lettered in dark brown on the spine; a fine copy with the fine unclipped dustwrapper. Footnote: Inscribed ('for Keith Curtis') and signed by the author on the title page.

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BALLARD: The 4-Dimensional Nightmare (1st Ed)

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Description: BALLARD, J.G.: The 4-Dimensional Nightmare. Short Stories. London, Victor Gollancz, 1963 [first edition]. Octavo; brown papered boards lightly and unevenly sunned, with a faint tape stain near the foot of the spine; edges lightly marked; two library stamps to the front pastedown (and a small one on the rear pastedown); trifling signs of handling; a very good copy with the good price-clipped dustwrapper (with X24 printed on the rear panel) creased and a little chipped, with some old tape stains (mainly on or near the spine). Footnote: The author's first published collection of short stories.

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BANVILLE: Birchwood (1st Ed)

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Description: BANVILLE, John: Birchwood. London, Secker & Warburg, 1973 (first edition). Octavo; brown papered boards lightly bumped at the extremities and a little faded on the spine, with a small light mark on the rear cover; short tape stain on the front flyleaf, and two tiny light marks on the pastedown; a very good copy with the very good unclipped dustwrapper sunned, lightly marked, and rubbed at the extremities, with a few short edge tears to the front panel.

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BANVILLE: Long Lankin (1st Ed)

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Description: BANVILLE, John: Long Lankin. London, Secker & Warburg, 1970 (first edition). Octavo; black papered boards slightly bumped; front flyleaf slightly creased; an excellent copy with the very good unclipped dustwrapper rubbed at the extremities, with minor surface chips and two short tears. A reduced price has been written in ballpoint pen above the printed price, and a three-digit number has been written on the blank verso of the front panel of the dustwrapper.

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BELL: Whistle Down the Wind (1st Ed)

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Description: BELL, Mary Hayley: Whistle Down the Wind. A Modern Fable. London, Boardman, 1958 (first edition). Octavo; grey cloth lightly bumped at the extremities; small light erasure to the front flyleaf; an excellent copy with the very good unclipped dustwrapper a little sunned, marked, rubbed and slightly chipped, with minor surface silverfish damage to the front panel (fortunately confined in the main to the unprinted white portion of the pictorial cover). Footnote: Illustrations by Oven Edwards.

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BERROW: The Footprints of Satan (1st Ed)

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Description: BERROW, Norman: The Footprints of Satan. London, Ward, Lock, 1950 (first edition). Octavo; maroon cloth with light blue lettering on the spine, top edge orange; cloth a little rubbed and marked, with the head of the spine unevenly sunned; leading edge a little marked; endpapers offset, with the first and last few leaves lightly foxed; contemporary country Victorian bookseller's paper label on the front pastedown; a very good copy with the good unclipped dustwrapper rubbed, marked and chipped, with one closed tear and minor loss to the head of the spine.

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BESTER: The Demolished Man (1st UK)

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Description: BESTER, Alfred: The Demolished Man. London, Sidgwick and Jackson, 1953 (first UK edition). Octavo; red papered boards a little bumped at the extremities; contemporay Brisbane bookseller's small ink-stamp at the foot of the front pastedown; minimal scattered foxing to the endpapers and some margins; a very good copy with the very good dustwrapper (price-clipped by removing a generous 20 x 60 mm piece of the bottom margin!) a little rubbed, chipped and lightly sunned on the spine. Footnote: A small addendum slip is mounted on the front flap, announcing that the book 'was voted the outstanding science fiction novel of the Eleventh Science Fiction Convention'.

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BLACKWOOD: Shocks! (1st Ed)

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Description: BLACKWOOD, Algernon: Shocks! London, Grayson and Grayson, 1935 (first edition). Octavo; black cloth a little bumped, flecked and lightly marked; top edge green (as issued), others a little foxed (impacting very slightly on some leading margins); endpapers foxed; a very good copy (internally excellent) with the very good price-clipped dustwrapper rubbed, foxed and a little chipped at the extremities, with light waterstains to the head of the spine and the rear hinge. Footnote: Stories of the supernatural; the dustwrapper design is a belter.

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BOILEAU: The Woman Who Was (1st Ed in English)

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Description: BOILEAU, Pierre and Thomas NARCEJAC: The Woman Who Was. London, Hutchinson, 1954 (first edition in English). Octavo; grey papered boards with the spine lettered in red and decorated with a red noose; covers lightly marked and bumped, with the spine lightly tanned; edges very lightly foxed, with a light tidemark to the top one; endpapers, and first and last leaves, offset and a little foxed, with minimal light scattered foxing elsewhere; a very good copy with the unclipped dustwrapper a little rubbed, marked, torn and chipped, with some tidemarks (mainly light) to the spine. Footnote: The novel was the basis of the classic Clouzot film 'Les Diaboliques' (1955).

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BOND: A Bear Called Paddington (1st Ed)

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Description: BOND, Michael: A Bear Called Paddington. London, Collins, 1958 (first edition). Octavo; pink cloth very lightly faded on the spine; endpapers lightly offset; occasional light fingermarks or foxing to some margins (heavier on one); bottom margins show slight evidence of handling (trifling indentations left by tiny fingers?); overall an excellent copy. Footnote: The first edition of the first Paddington book; with drawings by Peggy Fortnum.

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BOOTH: Mr Clackworthy, Con Man (1st Ed)

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Description: BOOTH, Christopher B.: Mr Clackworthy, Con Man. A Detective Story. New York, Chelsea House, 1927 [first edition]. Octavo; dark green cloth with lettering and decorations in gilt on the spine; tiny split to the head of the front inner hinge (a production flaw); a fine copy with the excellent dustwrapper slightly rubbed, with a few tiny edge tears, and with expert conservation work to two short creased tears to the rear bottom edge. Footnote: A sequel to 'Mr Clackworthy' (1925); the words 'Con Man' on the cloth spine of this copy have the very distinct appearance of an indifferently executed afterthought, and suggest strongly that surplus covers from the earlier work have been recycled. One of the Chelsea House Popular Copyrights series, 'a distinct innovation in book publishing. The books are not what are known as "reprints", but are original stories that have never appeared in any other edition'. Another innovation noted on the same rear flap is that 'Books can now be sent by telegraph. Ask your bookseller'.

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BOVA: The Star Conquerors (1st Ed)

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Description: BOVA, Ben: The Star Conquerors. Philadelphia, John C. Winston Company, 1959 (first edition). Octavo; green cloth very lightly marked and rubbed; top edge a little foxed; front flyleaf has a short name blacked out, and two old prices written in ink; a very good copy with the unclipped dustwrapper a little chipped and torn with slight loss to the extremities (and with a small hole and slightly larger loss of printed surface to the centre of the spine). Footnote: The author's first book (of over 120); Bova has won the Hugo Award six times.

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BOYD: A Good Man in Africa (1st Ed)

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Description: BOYD, William: A Good Man in Africa. London, Hamish Hamilton, 1981 (first edition). Octavo; light brown papered boards; a fine copy with the fine unclipped dustwrapper. Footnote: The author's scarce first book.

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BOYD: On the Yankee Station (1st Ed)

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Description: BOYD, William: On the Yankee Station and Other Stories. London, Hamish Hamilton, 1981 (first edition). Octavo; blue papered boards slightly bowed; an excellent copy with the fine unclipped dustwrapper very lightly creased.

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BRADBURY: Fahrenheit 451 (1st Ed)

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Description: BRADBURY, Ray: Fahrenheit 451. London, Rupert Hart-Davis, 1954 [first edition]. Octavo; red papered boards a little discoloured and slightly bumped; some foxing (confined mainly to the edges, endpapers and adjacent leaves); endpapers a little marked and offset, with light shallow tidemarks to the edges (and to those of the adjacent couple of leaves); a decent copy with the unclipped Mugnaini-designed dustwrapper supplied from a library discard (a little chipped, creased and torn, and worn at and near the extremities, with slight tape residue and a lighter-coloured patch near the foot of the spine).

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BRADBURY: Something Wicked This Way Comes (1st Ed)

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Description: BRADBURY, Ray: Something Wicked This Way Comes. London, Rupert Hart-Davis, 1963 [first edition]. Octavo; black papered boards a little bumped at the foot of the rear hinge; edges lightly foxed, with a small light mark to the top one; a tiny tear to one leaf; an excellent copy with the excellent dustwrapper lightly foxed on the spine, with a tiny tear to the head of the spine, and the rear panel lightly sunned at the edges. Footnote: Signed in ink on the front flyleaf 'J.S. Ostoja 1963'; from the collection of the artist Joseph Stanislaus Ostoja-Kotkowski, known internationally for his pioneering work in chromasonics and kinetic art.

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BRADBURY: The Illustrated Man (1st Ed)

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Description: BRADBURY, Ray: The Illustrated Man. London, Rupert Hart-Davis, 1952 [first edition]. Octavo; red papered boards lightly bumped, with a couple of small sunned spots; edges foxed, with minimal impact on a few margins; endpapers a little marked and offset; a very good copy with the good unclipped dustwrapper a little rubbed, foxed, and marked, with some chips, tears and a little loss (chiefly the bottom inch of the spine).

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BUCHAN: Scholar Gipsies (1st Ed)

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Description: BUCHAN, John: Scholar Gipsies. London, John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1896 [first edition]. Octavo; quarter contrasting pictorial cloth printed in gilt on the spine and in brown on the front and rear covers; top and bottom edges of the rear cover slightly notched (presumably when tied in a bundle at some stage); extremities slightly rubbed; top edge brown (as issued); endpapers a little offset; an excellent copy. Footnote: The first edition of the author's second book; one of the Arcady Library series. It contains seven etchings by D.Y. Cameron. With the ownership signature of J[ane] W. Stirling, daughter of Sir Edward Charles Stirling and wife of Thorburn Brailsford Robertson (South Australian scientists of international repute).

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BUCHAN: Sick Heart River (1st Ed)

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Description: BUCHAN, John: Sick Heart River. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1941 (first edition). Octavo; green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine, with the author's monogram in blind on the front cover; cloth lightly flecked and mottled; contemporary Australian bookseller's small paper label on the front pastedown; edges, endpapers and adjacent leaves a little foxed; flyleaves offset; an excellent copy with the excellent price-clipped dustwrapper lightly marked and rubbed. Footnote: 'The last and greatest of Sir Edward [Leithen]'s adventures, set in the magnificent background of the Canadian North.... This book was completed a fortnight before the author died' (dustwrapper blurb). The dustwrapper artwork is by Bip Pares.

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BUCHAN: The Island of Sheep (1st Ed)

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Description: BUCHAN, John: The Island of Sheep. London, Hodder and Stoughton, July 1936 (first edition). Octavo; green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine, with the author's monogram in gilt on the front cover; cloth slightly flecked and mottled; top edge discoloured; endpapers and adjacent leaves a little foxed; trifling surface blemish to the rear endpaper; two-word inscription on the half-title; an excellent copy with the excellent unclipped dustwrapper a little marked with a few tiny edge tears and a small chip to the head of the spine. Footnote: The dustwrapper artwork and endpaper maps are by Hugh Chesterman.

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BUDD: The Dark Horseman (1st Ed)

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Description: BUDD, Jackson: The Dark Horseman. London, Michael Joseph, 1939 (first edition). Octavo; black cloth; top edge very lightly foxed; a fine copy with the very good unclipped dustwrapper slightly marked and chipped, with a few edge tears (and a short closed jagged tear to the spine).

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BUKOWSKI: Crucifix in a Deathhand (SIGNED with original artwork)

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Description: BUKOWSKI, Charles: Crucifix in a Deathhand ... New Poems 1963-65. New York, Lyle Stuart (and printed by the Loujon Press, New Orleans), 1965 (first edition). Folio; stiffened card covers with the thick paper wrap-around dustwrapper attached at the spine; spine very lightly sunned; essentially a fine copy. The front cover, with its leading edge set back 45 millimetres, has the title poem reproduced on it in the author's holograph. The front endpaper and the first handful of leaves are printed on different coloured stock, with the leading edges deckled and in widths gradually increasing from the width of the front cover to the overall width of the book. The original wrap-around band is loosely inserted. Footnote: Illustrated with four plates (with tissue guards) from etchings by Noel Rockmore. The stated edition is 3100 [signed] copies. Bound in opposite the colophon at the rear is a sheet of blue paper inscribed, signed and illustrated by the author. The inscription reads 'Charles Bukowski / 3-13-65 / New Orleans / French Quarter', and it is set within a large original drawing of two birds (in silver, red and black ink).

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BURGESS: A Clockwork Orange (1st Ed)

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Description: BURGESS, Anthony: A Clockwork Orange. London, William Heinemann, 1962 (first edition). Octavo; black papered boards lettered in gilt on the spine; covers slightly rubbed, mottled and marked; paper a little tanned with occasional light foxing (mainly to the edges); overall a very good copy, lacking the dustwrapper.

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BURGESS: The Doctor is Sick (1st Ed)

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Description: BURGESS, Anthony: The Doctor is Sick. London, William Heinemann, 1960 (first edition). Octavo; bright green papered boards very lightly marked; edges a little foxed; an excellent copy with the excellent unclipped dustwrapper sunned and foxed (mainly on the spine).

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BURGESS: The Enemy in the Blanket (1st Ed)

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Description: BURGESS, Anthony: The Enemy in the Blanket. London, William Heinemann, 1958 (first edition). Octavo; navy blue papered boards lettered in silver on the spine; covers slightly bumped at the extremities; ownership signature on the flyleaf; an excellent copy with the excellent unclipped dustwrapper lightly rubbed and very lightly sunned on the spine. Footnote: The author's second book, a sequel to 'Time for a Tiger' (the first two books in his Malay trilogy).

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BURGESS: The Worm and the Ring (1st Ed)

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Description: BURGESS, Anthony: The Worm and the Ring. London, William Heinemann, 1961 (first edition). Octavo; maroon papered boards; a fine copy with the very good unclipped dustwrapper a little rubbed, chipped and creased, with some edge tears. Footnote: A rarity; the book was withdrawn and pulped following a successful libel action.

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BURGESS: Time for a Tiger (1st Ed)

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Description: BURGESS, Anthony: Time for a Tiger. London, William Heinemann, 1956 (first edition). Octavo; light blue papered boards lettered in gilt on the spine; covers lightly bumped, with minimal sunning to the head and foot of the spine; edges foxed and lightly tanned; light scattered foxing elsewhere (but mainly to the rear leading margins and the inner margins of the first eight leaves); a very good copy with the very good unclipped dustwrapper a little rubbed and lightly worn at the extremities, with the rear panel a little foxed. Footnote: The author's first book (and the first in his Malay trilogy).

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BURGESS: Inside Mr Enderby (1st Ed)

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Description: [BURGESS, Anthony, writing as] Joseph KELL: Inside Mr Enderby. London, William Heinemann, 1963 (first edition). Octavo; lime-green papered boards; 'The Advertiser' (Adelaide newspaper) staff library ink-stamp (with reference numbers added in ballpoint pen) on the pastedown; essentially a fine copy with the excellent unclipped dustwrapper very lightly bumped, sunned and marked, with a light crease to the front flap. Footnote: The first of the Enderby quartet, and the second (and last) pseudonymous novel by Anthony Burgess (who lost his position with 'The Yorkshire Post' when he reviewed this book, unfavourably as it turns out!).

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BURLAND: A Fall From Aloft (SIGNED 1st)

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Description: BURLAND, Brian: A Fall From Aloft. London, Barrie and Rockliff, The Cresset Press, 1968 (first edition). Octavo; blue papered boards lightly bumped; edges very slightly foxed; an excellent copy with the excellent price-clipped dustwrapper a little rubbed at the extremities, with two short edge tears, and the exposed portions of the flaps slightly foxed. Footnote: Signed by the author on the title page.

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BURTON: Murder Out of School (1st Ed)

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Description: BURTON, Miles [pseudonym of Cecil John Charles STREET]: Murder Out of School. London, Collins (for The Crime Club), 1951 [first edition]. Octavo; original red cloth lettered in black on the spine; cloth very lightly sunned on the spine and the extremities; edges lightly marked (with the top edge slightly foxed); endpapers lightly foxed; first and last pages a little foxed and offset; a very good copy with the unclipped dustwrapper a little marked, sunned, creased and torn, with minor nibbling to the top edge of the rear panel. Footnote: Desmond Merrion and Inspector Henry Arnold investigate. Cecil Street also wrote under the pseudonyms John Rhode (featuring the forensic scientist Dr Priestley) and Cecil Waye.

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BURTON: Up the Garden Path (1st Ed)

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Description: BURTON, Miles [pseudonym of Cecil John Charles STREET]: Up the Garden Path. London, Collins (for The Crime Club), 1941 [first edition]. Octavo; red cloth lettered in black on the spine; head and foot of the spine lightly sunned; white-out applied to a ten-word inscription on the flyleaf; contemporary Adelaide bookseller's label on the front pastedown; an excellent copy with the price-clipped dustwrapper slightly sunned, marked and chipped. Footnote: Desmond Merrion and Inspector Henry Arnold investigate. Cecil Street also wrote under the pseudonyms John Rhode (featuring the forensic scientist Dr Priestley) and Cecil Waye.

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BUTLER: Receipt for Murder (1st Ed)

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Description: BUTLER, Gwendoline: Receipt for Murder. London, Geoffrey Bles, 1956 (first edition). Octavo; green cloth with black lettering on the spine; three tiny bumps to the edges of the rear cover; an excellent copy with the excellent unclipped dustwrapper slightly rubbed, creased, chipped and torn. Footnote: The author's first novel.

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CAIN: Mildred Pierce (PROOF COPY)

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Description: CAIN, James M.: Mildred Pierce. London, Jonathan Cape, 1942 (proof copy for a UK edition). Octavo; grey-blue wrappers with silver lettering (now a little indistinct); covers a little marked, sunned and lightly used, with minor wear to the spine; edges foxed, with scattered light foxing throughout; mild signs of use, but still a very decent copy. Footnote: 'Duplicate Proof for Retention. Does not contain Proof Reader's marks' is printed at the foot of the front wrapper, with the imprint of The Alden Press, Oxford, at the rear. The ink-stamp of Hicks, Smith & Wright, Sydney (contemporary Australasian publishers) is on the front cover. A rare item, certainly, but made curious by virtue of the fact that when the novel, the author's third, was published in London the following year, it was under the imprint of Robert Hale, not Jonathan Cape.

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CAIN: Mildred Pierce (1st Australian)

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Description: CAIN, James M.: Mildred Pierce. Adelaide, Lothian, 1945 (first Australian edition). Octavo; dark green cloth; top corners slightly bumped; endpapers a little offset; paper tanned; an excellent copy with the fine unclipped dustwrapper lightly rubbed on the plain rear panel and lightly marked on the front flap. Footnote: The author's third novel, first published in New York in 1941 and London in 1943.

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CHANDLER: The Big Sleep (6th impression)

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Description: CHANDLER, Raymond: The Big Sleep. London, Hamish Hamilton, February 1948 (sixth printing)/ 1939. Octavo; maroon cloth very lightly marked and bumped; flyleaves a little offset, with a small ownership stamp on the front one; an excellent copy with the unclipped dustwrapper lightly rubbed, a little creased and lightly sunned on the spine and rear panel, with a couple of tiny edge tears.

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CHANDLER: The Little Sister (1st Ed)

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Description: CHANDLER, Raymond: The Little Sister. London, Hamish Hamilton, 1949 (true first edition). Octavo; red cloth a little marked and flecked, with slight uneven loss of colour to portions of the leading edge of the rear cover (damp stains) and a few offset tape stains; cloth on the spine slightly corrugated; endpapers slightly offset, with minor offset tape stains to the front one; a very good copy with the very good unclipped dustwrapper marked, rubbed, creased and chipped, with two old discoloured tape repairs to the front top corner and the foot of the spine (and a few more visible only on the blank verso). Footnote: Unusually, this British edition of the fifth Philip Marlowe novel preceded the American edition.

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CHATWIN: On the Black Hill (SIGNED 1st)

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Description: CHATWIN, Bruce: On the Black Hill. London, Jonathan Cape, 1982 (first edition). Octavo; grey papered boards lettered in gilt on the spine; endpapers offset; a fine copy with the fine unclipped dustwrapper. Footnote: Signed and dated (7 March 1984) on the title page by the author.

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CHEYNEY: It Couldn't Matter Less (1st Ed)

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Description: CHEYNEY, Peter: It Couldn't Matter Less. London, Collins, 1941 (first edition). Octavo; yellow cloth lightly marked and bumped; top edge very lightly marked; an excellent copy with the very good price-clipped dustwrapper a little rubbed, scored, creased and chipped, with some tears closed with clear tape (mainly on the verso, but there is a piece at the head of the spine and one on the front hinge). Footnote: The fourth Slim Callaghan novel, published in the US as 'Set-up for Murder'.

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CHILDERS: The Riddle of the Sands (1st Colonial)

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Description: CHILDERS, Erskine: The Riddle of the Sands. A Record of Secret Service recently achieved. Edited by Erskine Childers. London, George Bell, 1903 (first Colonial edition). Octavo, xii, 336, 4, 16 (publisher's catalogues, the latter dated October 1902) pages with a small diagram plus 2 maps (including a folding frontispiece) and 2 charts. There is a perforated stub of grey card bound in at the half-title (possibly the remnant of some promotional literature of the publisher?). Red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine, and in blind on the front cover, with decorations in blind on the spine and the publisher's large pictorial logo in blind on the rear cover; cloth a little rubbed and bumped on the bottom corners, and lightly marked; minimal wear to the head and foot of the spine; endpapers offset; small light surface abrasion on the title page near the author's name; leading edge of the folding chart a little creased and dusty; small mark to the bottom margin of four consecutive leaves; overall an excellent copy. Footnote: The first edition was published in London the same year by Smith, Elder & Co.

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CHRISTIE: Appointment with Death (1st Ed)

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Description: CHRISTIE, Agatha: Appointment with Death. London, Collins (for The Crime Club), 1938 [first edition]. Octavo; orange cloth with black lettering on the spine; cloth lightly worn at the extremities; spine sunned, mottled and creased, with the rear cover a little marked; edges lightly marked; endpapers offset, with a few small surface glue-stains near the top edges (possibly a production flaw); rear flyleaf very slightly nibbled on the edges; small light erasure to both pastedowns; flyleaf slightly chipped; a decent copy with the pictorial front panel of the dustwrapper trimmed (with slight loss to the last two letters of the author's surname) and mounted on the front cover.

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CHRISTOPHER: The Death of Grass (1st Ed)

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Description: CHRISTOPHER, John [pseudonym of Sam (or Christopher Samuel) YOUD]: The Death of Grass. London, Michael Joseph, 1956 (first edition). Octavo; black papered boards with white lettering on the spine; covers a little mottled and bumped; edges lightly tanned and marked; endpapers offset, with a small ownership stamp on the front flyleaf; inner hinge cracked at the title page, but very firm; minimal light scattered foxing; overall a very good copy with the very good price-clipped dustwrapper a little sunned, rubbed, torn and chipped, with the white rear panel marked and unevenly discoloured. Footnote: 'One in a series of novels of tomorrow published under the general editorship of Clemence Dane' (publisher's note printed on the half-title). The book was published the following year in the US as 'No Blade of Grass', and filmed under that title in 1970.

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