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Modern First Editions: The Collection of Clive Hirschhorn

by Bloomsbury Auctions


416 lots with images

October 25, 2012

Live Auction

24 Maddox Street

London, W1S 1PP United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)207 495 9494

Fax: +44 (0)207 495 9499

Email: info@bloomsburyauctions.com

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Adams (Richard) Watership Down, first edition,

Lot 1: Adams (Richard) Watership Down, first edition,

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Description: Adams (Richard) Watership Down, first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author to title, folding map, original cloth, spine ends and corners a little bumped, otherwise excellent, dust-jacket, price-clipped, minor repairs and restorations to spine ends and corners, a little rubbed and creased at extremities, overwise an excellent copy, preserved in custom drop-back box, 8vo, 1972. ***The author's first book and a classic of children's literature..

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Allen (Woody) Getting Even, jacket a little rubbed

Lot 2: Allen (Woody) Getting Even, jacket a little rubbed

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Description: Allen (Woody) Getting Even, jacket a little rubbed at head and foot, New York, 1971; Without Feathers, jacket price-clipped, spine faded, 1975; Side Effects, New York, 1980, first editions, signed presentation inscriptions from the author to endpapers, original boards, dust-jackets, a near-fine set, 8vo (3) ***Woody Allen's first three published books..

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Ambler (Eric) The Dark Frontier, first edition,

Lot 3: Ambler (Eric) The Dark Frontier, first edition,

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Description: Ambler (Eric) The Dark Frontier, first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author to title, original cloth, spine a little discoloured, spine ends and corners a little rubbed, otherwise excellent, dust-jacket, spine a little faded, creased at head and foot, chipped at corners, tear to head of upper panel, light surface soiling, very good overall, preserved in custom slip-case, 8vo, 1936. 'Became press agent for film star, but soon after joined big London advertising agency as copywriter and "ideas man". During next few years wrote incessantly on variety of subjects ranging from baby food to non-ferrous alloys. Have travelled in most countries of Europe, been stranded in Marseilles and nearly drowned in the Bay of Naples. Decided, on a rainy day in Paris, to write a thriller. Result was The Dark Frontier.' Eric Ambler. ***A good example of Ambler's scarce first novel..

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Ambler (Eric) Uncommon Danger, first edition,

Lot 4: Ambler (Eric) Uncommon Danger, first edition,

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Description: Ambler (Eric) Uncommon Danger, first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author to title, original cloth, spine slightly faded, a little rubbed and bumped at extremities, some mottling, dust-jacket, small abrasion mark to lower panel, short tear to head of upper panel, very light rubbing to extremities, but overall a near-fine copy, preserved in custom drop-back box, 8vo, 1937. ***Ambler's second novel, the scarcest of his titles in the dust-jacket. We can trace only one other copy previously at auction..

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Ambler (Eric) Epitaph for a Spy, first edition,

Lot 5: Ambler (Eric) Epitaph for a Spy, first edition,

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Description: Ambler (Eric) Epitaph for a Spy, first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author to title, original cloth, mottled browning, dust-jacket, a few minor repairs to spine ends and corners, light surface soiling to lower panel, a little rubbed at extremities, but overall a near-fine copy, preserved in custom drop-back box, 8vo, 1938. ***A fine copy of an exceptionally scarce Amler title, we can find no other like copy..

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Ambler (Eric) Cause for Alarm, first edition,

Lot 6: Ambler (Eric) Cause for Alarm, first edition,

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Description: Ambler (Eric) Cause for Alarm, first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author to title, original cloth, spine a little yellowed, spine ends and corners slightly bumped, otherwise excellent, dust-jacket, a little chipped and creased at head and foot, remains of adhesion label to spine, light surface soiling, still very good, preserved in custom drop-back box, 8vo, 1938. ***A very good copy of Ambler's very scarce fourth book, the first of his great political spy thrillers..

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Ambler (Eric) Cause For Alarm, first American

Lot 7: Ambler (Eric) Cause For Alarm, first American

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Description: Ambler (Eric) Cause For Alarm, first American edition, endpapers a little browned, original cloth, spine ends a little rubbed, dust-jacket, spine a little faded and chipped at head, corners a little chipped, creased and chipped at head and foot, rubbed, otherwise good, New York, 1939. ***Ambler's third novel, the second to be published in the United States..

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Ambler (Eric) The Mask of Dimitrios, first

Lot 8: Ambler (Eric) The Mask of Dimitrios, first

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Description: Ambler (Eric) The Mask of Dimitrios, first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author 'How good it is to see an old friend in such fine condition, Eric Ambler', to endpaper, spine ends a little rubbed and faded, otherwise excellent, dust-jacket, spine very slightly darkened, repairs and restorations to head and foot, a few spots to upper panel, light ring-mark to lower panel, overall an excellent copy, preserved in custom slip-case, 8vo, 1939. ***One of Ambler's scarcer titles, particularly in the dust-jacket. Adapted successfully for a film staring Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet in 1939..

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Ambler (Eric) Journey Into Fear, first edition,

Lot 9: Ambler (Eric) Journey Into Fear, first edition,

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Description: Ambler (Eric) Journey Into Fear, first edition, signed by the author on title, browning to endpapers, original cloth, a little rubbed at spine ends and corners, otherwise near-fine, dust-jacket, price-clipped, repairs and restorations to spine ends and corners, lower panel creased at head and foot and with ink stock number to base, surface soiling, excellent overall, preserved in custom drop-back box, 1940. Twice adapted for film, most famously in 1943 staring Joseph Cotton and Orson Welles. ***'One of the best stories of international intrigue you'll ever find.' The New Yorker.

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Amis (Kingsley) Lucky Jim, first edition of the

Lot 10: Amis (Kingsley) Lucky Jim, first edition of the

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Description: Amis (Kingsley) Lucky Jim, first edition of the author's first book, two signed presentation inscriptions from the author one to endpaper, another on sticker to endpaper, original boards, near-fine, dust-jacket, slight discolouration to spine with very short closed tear to foot, light surface soiling, otherwise near-fine, custom slip-case, 8vo, 1953. ***A superb copy of one of the great literary debuts. Especially scarce signed, the only other copy we can trace at auction was inscribed to Philip Larkin, the dedicatee..

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Amis (Kingsley) That Uncertain Feeling, signed

Lot 11: Amis (Kingsley) That Uncertain Feeling, signed

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Description: Amis (Kingsley) That Uncertain Feeling, signed presentation inscription from the author to foot of rear endpaper, author's compliments slip loosely inserted, spine ends a little bumped, jacket spine slightly darkened, light surface soiling, 1955; Stanley and the Women, signed presentation inscription from the author to endpaper, jacket spine faded, 1984; The Old Devils, jacket spine faded, 1986, first editions, original boards, dust-jackets, excellent overall, 8vo (3) ***The Old Devils was one of Kingsley Amis's last novels and is regarded by his son Martin as his masterpiece: 'it stands comparison with any English novel of the century.'.

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Amis (Martin) The Rachel Papers, first edition,

Lot 12: Amis (Martin) The Rachel Papers, first edition,

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Description: Amis (Martin) The Rachel Papers, first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author to endpaper, original boards, fine, dust-jacket, spine faded, a little rubbed at head and foot, near-fine otherwise, 8vo, 1973. ***The author's first book..

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Amis (Martin) The Rachel Papers, blurb slip pasted

Lot 13: Amis (Martin) The Rachel Papers, blurb slip pasted

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Description: Amis (Martin) The Rachel Papers, blurb slip pasted to half-title, spine creased and faded, a little rubbed, 1973; Success, a little browned at margins, spine a little creased and faded, slight toning to upper panel, 1978; Other People: A Mystery Story, a little rubbed at extremities, dust-jacket, spine slightly faded, a little frayed at head, 1981; Money, spine slightly faded, a little rubbed at extremities, 1984, uncorrected proof copies, the first 3 with signed presentation inscriptions from the author to endpapers, the last signed by the author on endpaper, original wrappers, generally very good, 8vo (4) ***Uncorrected proofs of Martin Amis's early novels are scarce, especially signed..

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Amis (Martin) Dead Babies, first edition, signed

Lot 14: Amis (Martin) Dead Babies, first edition, signed

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Description: Amis (Martin) Dead Babies, first edition, signed by the author on endpaper, signed presentition inscription from the author on bookplate to pastedown, original boards, spine ends and corners a little bumped, dust-jacket, spine very slightly faded, a little rubbed at head and foot, otherwise fine, 8vo, 1975. ***Amis's second novel, a parody of Agatha Christie country-house mysteries..

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Amis (Martin) Success, signed by the author on

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Description: Amis (Martin) Success, signed by the author on endpaper, signed presentation inscription from the author on bookplate to pastedown, jacket spine faded, 1978; Other People: A Mystery Story, small patch of soiling to p.31, 1981; Money, signed presentation insription from the author to endpaper, jacket spine ends and little creased, 1984; The Moronic Inferno, signed by the author on endpaper, review slip loosely inserted, 1986; Einstein's Monsters, signed by the author on endpaper, margins a little browned, 1987; The Information, 1995, first editions, original boards, dust-jackets, a near-fine set; and another, the first paperback edition of Dead Babies, 8vo (7) ***A superb selection of Amis's novels, covering what is arguably his most successful period..

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Anderson (Sherwood) Alice & the Lost Novel, number

Lot 16: Anderson (Sherwood) Alice & the Lost Novel, number

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Description: Anderson (Sherwood) Alice & the Lost Novel, number 13 of 530 copies signed by the author, browning to endpapers, original boards, dust-jacket, spine browned, otherwise fine, 8vo, 1929. ***A short little volume consisting of two autobiographical meditations..

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Asimov (Isaac) I, Robot, first English edition,

Lot 17: Asimov (Isaac) I, Robot, first English edition,

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Description: Asimov (Isaac) I, Robot, first English edition, very light browning to endpapers, original boards, spine ends and corners a little bumped, otherwise excellent, dust-jacket, spine ends and corners a little chipped, short closed tear with creasing to head of upper panel, light surface soiling, rubbed at extremities, still very good overall, 8vo, 1952. ***Asmiov's first published collection, which introduces his concept of the Three Laws of Robotics..

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Bagnold (Enid) National Velvet, first edition,

Lot 18: Bagnold (Enid) National Velvet, first edition,

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Description: Bagnold (Enid) National Velvet, first edition, original cloth, very slightly cocked, otherwise excellent, dust-jacket, spine ends a little frayed, small chips to corners, an excellent copy, preserved in custom drop-back box, 8vo, 1935. ***Enid Bagnold's most famous work, adapted for the classic 1935 film staring Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney..

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Baldwin (James) Go Tell it to the Mountain,

Lot 19: Baldwin (James) Go Tell it to the Mountain,

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Description: Baldwin (James) Go Tell it to the Mountain, uncorrected proof copy, signed presentation inscription from the author to half-title, original wrappers, spine faded, spine ends a little chipped, upper joint split at head and foot, rubbed at extremities, still a very good copy, preserved in custom drop-back box, 8vo, New York, 1953. ***Baldwin's first novel, almost immediately hailed as a major treatment of black life in America, Go Tell it to the Mountain also established Baldwin as the leading black voice of his generation. Baldwin found the cover art for the proof too stereotypical and asked for it to be changed, unusually therefore the dust-jacket for the first edition is entirely different from the proof..

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Baldwin (James) Notes of a Native Son, first

Lot 20: Baldwin (James) Notes of a Native Son, first

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Description: Baldwin (James) Notes of a Native Son, first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author to dedication p., original cloth, near-fine dust-jacket, spine slightly faded, spine ends and corners a little chipped, a little rubbed and creased at head and foot, light surface soiling, still very good overall, preserved in custom drop-back box, 8vo, New York, 1955. ***Baldwin's second published work, a major collection of early essays..

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Baldwin (James) Giovanni's Room, a little cocked,

Lot 21: Baldwin (James) Giovanni's Room, a little cocked,

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Description: Baldwin (James) Giovanni's Room, a little cocked, jacket spine slightly faded, corners and spine ends a little chipped, closed tear to head of upper panel, light surface soiling, 1957; Another Country, jacket spine slightly faded, a little rubbed and creased at head and foot, New York, 1962; Nobody Knows My Name, jacket spine slightly darkened, rubbed at head and foot, light surface soiling, 1964; Going to Meet the Man, jacket a little rubbed at extremities, New York, 1965; Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone, jacket price-clipped, spine very slightly darkened, 1968; No Name in the Street, 1972; The Devil Finds Work, photograph of the author replicating lower panel loosely inserted, jacket spine chipped at head, a little rubbed at extremities, New York, 1976, first editions, signed presentation inscriptions from the author to dedication p., original cloth or boards, dust-jackets, an excellent set, 8vo (7) ***An excellent, near-complete run of James Baldwin's novels, beginning with his second Giovanni's Room. It's open depiction of homosexuality led to Baldwin's publisher recommending he burn it..

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Ballard (J.G.) Empire of the Sun, first edition,

Lot 22: Ballard (J.G.) Empire of the Sun, first edition,

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Description: Ballard (J.G.) Empire of the Sun, first edition, signed by the author on title, original boards, some light spotting, otherwise excellent, dust-jacket, a mint copy, 8vo, 1984. ***Ballard's semi-autobiographical account of his formative years as a Japanese prisoner of war, later adapted for film by Steven Spielberg, starring a young Christian Bale..

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Barnes (Julian) Flaubert's Parrot, uncorrected

Lot 23: Barnes (Julian) Flaubert's Parrot, uncorrected

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Description: Barnes (Julian) Flaubert's Parrot, uncorrected proof copy, signed presentation inscription from the author to title, original wrappers, spine very slightly faded, a little rubbed at head and foot, otherwise near-fine, 8vo, 1984. ***The scarce proof for Julian Barnes's third work, his first to be nominated for the Booker Prize..

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Beckett (Samuel) Whoroscope, first edition, out of

Lot 24: Beckett (Samuel) Whoroscope, first edition, out of

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Description: Beckett (Samuel) Whoroscope, first edition, out of series copy from an edition limited to 300, signed presentation inscription from the author to George Reavey to limitation p., original wrappers, rubbed at spine, corners a little creased, otherwise excellent, preserved in folding chemise and custom slip-case, 8vo, Paris, 1930. George Reavey 1907-76, surrealist poet, publisher, translator and art collector. He was introduced to Beckett by Tom Magreevy and went on to become Beckett's first literary agent. ***First edition of the author's first separately published work. The twenty-four year old Beckett wrote this poem about Descartes within the space of a few hours in 15 June 1930. Only that afternoon Tom MacGreevy had suggested he enter a poetry contest on the subject of Time, sponsored by Richard Aldington and Nancy Cunard. The deadline for entries was at midnight. In a letter to Nancy Cunard of 26 January 1959, Beckett recalled how he had written the 'first half before dinner, had a guzzle of salad and Chambertin at the Cochon de Lait, went back to the École and finished it about three in the morning. Then walked down to the rue Guénégaud and put it in your box. That's how it was and them were the days'. Beckett won the prize of ten pounds, and the poem was published later that summer..

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Behan (Brendan) Borstal Boy, first edition,

Lot 25: Behan (Brendan) Borstal Boy, first edition,

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Description: Behan (Brendan) Borstal Boy, first edition, portrait frontispiece, original cloth, spine ends and corners a little bumped, otherwise excellent, dust-jacket, spine a little darkened, 2 small chips to spine a little rubbed at head and foot, otherwise excellent, 8vo, 1958. ***An excellent copy of the author's semi-autobiographical account of his time in a borstal prison..

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Bellow (Saul) Dangling Man, first edition, signed

Lot 26: Bellow (Saul) Dangling Man, first edition, signed

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Description: Bellow (Saul) Dangling Man, first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author to half-title, spine a little discoloured, darkened at head and foot, dust-jacket, spine darkened, repairs and restorations to spine ends and corners, central repair to spine and upper fore-edge, a little rubbed at extremities, still a very good copy, preserved in custom drop-back box, 8vo, New York, 1944. ***A very good copy of Saul Bellow's first book..

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Bellow (Saul) The Adventures of Augie March, first

Lot 27: Bellow (Saul) The Adventures of Augie March, first

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Description: Bellow (Saul) The Adventures of Augie March, first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author to half-title verso, original two-tone cloth, spine ends slightly bumped, otherwise near-fine, dust-jacket, slight creasing to spine ends, very lightly rubbed, near-fine overall, 8vo, New York, 1953. Augie March begins with one of the most famous opening lines in American literature: 'I am an American, Chicago born, and go at things as I have taught myself, free-style, and will make the record in my own way: first to knock, first admitted.' ***A superb copy of one of Bellow's most important books..

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[Blixen (Karen)]

Lot 27A: [Blixen (Karen)] "Isak Dinesen". Seven Gothic

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Description: [Blixen (Karen)] "Isak Dinesen". Seven Gothic Tales, first American edition, original half cloth, gilt, spine ends and corners a little bumped, dust-jacket, horizontal crease to spine and panels, a few short closed tears to head and foot, short split to head of lower fore-edge, very good overall, 8vo New York, 1934. ***A very good copy of Isak Dinesen's rare first book..

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[Blixen (Karen)]

Lot 27B: [Blixen (Karen)] "Isak Dinesen". Out of Africa,

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Description: [Blixen (Karen)] "Isak Dinesen". Out of Africa, first American edition, original decorated cloth, spine ends a little bumped, dust-jacket, spine slightly faded, spine ends and corners chipped, otherwise excellent, 8vo, New York, 1938. ***The author's autobiographical account of life in a Kenyan plantation, subject of a 1985 film starring Meryl Streep..

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Bloch (Robert) Psycho, first edition, a little

Lot 28: Bloch (Robert) Psycho, first edition, a little

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Description: Bloch (Robert) Psycho, first edition, a little browned, original boards, spine darkened, corners and spine ends a little bumped, otherwise excellent, dust-jacket, spine ends and corners a little chipped, short closed tear to foot of lower panel, a little rubbed at extremities, still a near-fine copy overall, 8vo, New York, 1959. ***A superb copy of Bloch's most famous work. Brilliantly adapted by Hitchcock in 1960, the film version is widely regarded as the greatest horror film of all time..

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Bowles (Jane) Two Serious Ladies, first edition,

Lot 29: Bowles (Jane) Two Serious Ladies, first edition,

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Description: Bowles (Jane) Two Serious Ladies, first edition, original cloth, corners and spine ends slightly bumped, otherwise fine, dust-jacket, price-clipped, spine very slightly faded with ends a little creased, small tape repair to foot of spine, corners chipped, otherwise very good, preserved in custom drop-back box, 8vo, New York, 1943. ***Jane Bowles' scarce first work, hugely controversial and widely condemned upon release, it has since become regarded as a modernist classic.

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Bowles (Paul) The Sheltering Sky, first edition,

Lot 30: Bowles (Paul) The Sheltering Sky, first edition,

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Description: Bowles (Paul) The Sheltering Sky, first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author to endpaper, booksellers stamp to endpaper, contemporary ink ownership inscription to pastedown and rear endpaper, original cloth, spine ends and corners very slightly bumped, otherwise excellent, dust-jacket, slight fraying to spine ends with small chip to foot, a few short tears to foot of upper panel, overall excellent, preserved in custom drop-back box, 8vo, 1949. 'The Sheltering Sky stands head and shoulders above most other novels published in English since World War II' The New Republic. ***Scarce signed..

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Bradbury (Ray) Dark Carnival, first edition,

Lot 31: Bradbury (Ray) Dark Carnival, first edition,

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Description: Bradbury (Ray) Dark Carnival, first edition, original boards, a little bumped at extremties, otherwise excellent, dust-jacket, spine slightly faded, crude repairs to spine ends, a little rubbed and creased at extremities, light surface soiling, still overall a very good copy, 8vo, Sauk City, WI, 1947. ***The author's scarce first book, a collection of short stories..

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Bradbury (Ray) Dark Carnival, first English

Lot 32: Bradbury (Ray) Dark Carnival, first English

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Description: Bradbury (Ray) Dark Carnival, first English edition, original boards, spine very slightly darkened, otherwise fine, dust-jacket, spine darkened, spine ends and corners a little chipped, light surface soiling, still an excellent copy overall, 8vo, 1948. ***For the first English edition Dark Carnival was truncated, with only 20 of the original 27 stories included in the first American edition..

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Bradbury (Ray) Fahrenheit 451, first edition, very

Lot 33: Bradbury (Ray) Fahrenheit 451, first edition, very

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Description: Bradbury (Ray) Fahrenheit 451, first edition, very light browning to endpapers, original red boards, lettered in yellow, spine ends and corners bumped, fore-edge a little mottled, otherwise very good, dust-jacket, spine very slightly darkened, corners and spine ends chipped, a little creased at head, light surface soiling, a very good copy, 8vo, New York, 1953. ***Ray Bradbury's dystopic classic, adapted numerous times for stage, radio and film, most successfully by François Truffaut in 1966..

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Bradbury (Ray) Fahrenheit 451, first English

Lot 34: Bradbury (Ray) Fahrenheit 451, first English

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Description: Bradbury (Ray) Fahrenheit 451, first English edition, signed presentation inscription from the author to title, frontispiece, original boards, darkened, at spine and margins, otherwise very good, dust-jacket, spine faded, spine ends and corners a little chipped, surface scratches to upper panel, light surface soiling, still very good, 8vo, 1954.

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Burgess (Anthony) [The Malayan Trilogy], 3 vol.,

Lot 35: Burgess (Anthony) [The Malayan Trilogy], 3 vol.,

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Description: Burgess (Anthony) [The Malayan Trilogy], 3 vol., comprising Time for a Tiger, uncorrected proof copy, original wrappers, spine slightly creased and faded, a little rubbed at extemities, light surface soiling, preserved in custom drop-back box, 1956; The Enemy in the Blanket, first edition, original boards, spine ends a little bumped, dust-jacket, spine ends and corners a little chipped, light surface soiling, 1958; Beds in the East, first edition, jacket spine slightly faded, spine ends and corners a little creased and chipped, 1959, all with signed presentation inscriptions from the author with further quote in arabic below to titles, a near-fine set overall, 8vo ***A superb set of Burgess masterful trilogy, together one of the greatest works to chart the decline of British colonialism..

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Burgess (Anthony) A Clockwork Orange, first

Lot 36: Burgess (Anthony) A Clockwork Orange, first

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Description: Burgess (Anthony) A Clockwork Orange, first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author to title, original first issue black boards, dust-jacket with 18s price to flap, spine slightly discoloured, light fraying to head of spine and corners, otherwise excellent, preserved in custom drop-back box, 8vo, 1962. A classic of 20th century distopic fiction. Burgess later altered the ending to provide Alex, the central character, with a form of moral rehabilitation, this was dropped for the film. ***Scarce signed..

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Cain (James M.) Our Government, first edition,

Lot 37: Cain (James M.) Our Government, first edition,

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Description: Cain (James M.) Our Government, first edition, original cloth, spine ends slightly bumped, dust-jacket, spine a little darkened, spine ends and corners chipped, small portion of loss to head of upper panel, still excellent overall, 8vo, New York, 1930. ***An excellent copy of the author's first book, rare in the dust-jacket..

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Cain (James M.) The Postman Always Rings Twice,

Lot 38: Cain (James M.) The Postman Always Rings Twice,

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Description: Cain (James M.) The Postman Always Rings Twice, first edition, original cloth, very light discolouration to spine, spine ends and corners slightly bumped, otherwise excellent, dust-jacket, head of spine very slightly frayed, small chips to upper corners, light surface soiling, but overall near-fine, preserved in custom drop-back box, 8vo, New York, 1934. ***A superb copy of the author's first book and a landmark in the develepoment of noir fiction. Adapted twice for film, in 1946 staring Lana Turner and John Garfield, and in 1981 staring Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange..

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Cain (James M.) Serenade, first edition, original

Lot 39: Cain (James M.) Serenade, first edition, original

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Description: Cain (James M.) Serenade, first edition, original cloth, spine ends a little bumped, dust-jacket, spine very slightly darkened, spine ends and corners a little chipped, short closed tear to head of upper panel, still excellent overall, 8vo, New York, 1937. ***The author's second novel, filmed by Anthony Mann in 1956..

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Cain (James M.) Mildred Pierce, first edition,

Lot 40: Cain (James M.) Mildred Pierce, first edition,

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Description: Cain (James M.) Mildred Pierce, first edition, original cloth, spine ends very slightly bumped, otherwise near-fine, dust-jacket, spine ends and corners a little rubbed and chipped, light surface soiling, still a fine copy overall, 8vo, New York, 1941. ***The author's third novel, made into the classic 1945 film by Michael Curtiz, starring Joan Crawford..

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Cain (James M.) Mildred Pierce, jacket spine a

Lot 41: Cain (James M.) Mildred Pierce, jacket spine a

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Description: Cain (James M.) Mildred Pierce, jacket spine a little darkened, spine ends repaired and restored, light surface soiling, 1943; Three of a Kind, jacket spine slightly darkened, spine ends a little chipped, short tear and chip to head of lower panel, light surface scratches, New York, 1943; The Butterfly, jacket spine ends and corners a little chipped, light rubbing to extremities, New York, 1947; The Moth, jacket with small portion of loss to foot of upper joint, rubbed at extremities, New York, 1948; The Enchanted Isle, jacket with light surface soiling, New York, 1985, first editions, original cloth, spine ends and corners a little bumped, dust-jackets, a near-fine set overall, 8vo (5) ***The first English edition of Mildred Pierce especially difficult to find, particularly in such superb condition..

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Caldwell (Erskine) Tobacco Road, first edition,

Lot 42: Caldwell (Erskine) Tobacco Road, first edition,

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Description: Caldwell (Erskine) Tobacco Road, first edition, original cloth, spine a little discoloured, very light water-stain spine and covers, dust-jacket, spine a little darkened, repairs and restorations to head and foot, very light water-staining, a little rubbed at extremities, still very good, preserved in custom drop-back box, 8vo, New York, 1932. ***Caldwell's powerful novel of the Great Depression. Later adapted for stage and then, in 1941, radically altered for a film directed by John Ford..

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Capote (Truman) Other Voices, Other Rooms, first

Lot 43: Capote (Truman) Other Voices, Other Rooms, first

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Description: Capote (Truman) Other Voices, Other Rooms, first edition, original cloth, corners and spine ends a little bumped, otherwise fine, dust-jacket, spine a little darkened, minor repairs and restorations to spine ends and corners, in effect a near-fine copy, 8vo, New York, 1948. ***A superb copy of Capote's first novel, a southern gothic masterpiece..

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Capote (Truman) A Tree of Night, bookplate of

Lot 44: Capote (Truman) A Tree of Night, bookplate of

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Description: Capote (Truman) A Tree of Night, bookplate of George Cukor to pastedown, spine ends a little bumped, jacket spine a little browned, closed tear to foot of upper panel, rubbed at extremities, New York, 1949; Local Colour, spine ends a corners a little bumped, jacket spine slightly browned, a little rubbed and chipped at extremities, New York, 1950; The Grass Harp, ink ownership inscription to endpaper, first issue in original buckram, spine ends slightly bumped, jacket spine slightly darkened, a little rubbed and creased at extremities, New York, 1951; The Muses are Heard, spine ends slightly bumped, jacket spine ends and corners a little creased and chipped, light surface soiling, New York, 1956; Music for Chameleons, signed by the author on title, covers a little warped, jacket price-clippped, spine faded, 1980, first editions, original cloth or boards, dust-jackets, an excellent set, 8vo (5) ***George Cuckor (1899-1983) American film director and bibliophile, his works included, Adam's Rib, A Star is Born and My Fair Lady..

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Capote (Truman) A Christmas Memory, number 128 of

Lot 45: Capote (Truman) A Christmas Memory, number 128 of

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Description: Capote (Truman) A Christmas Memory, number 128 of 600 copies signed by the author, original cloth, spine very slightly darkened, otherwise fine, original numbered slip-case with photographic onlay, a little rubbed and faded at extremities, otherwise fine, 8vo, New York, 1956. ***Now a holiday classic, A Christmas Memory has been broadcast, recorded, filmed, and staged multiple times, in award-winning productions..

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Capote (Truman) Breakfast at Tiffany's, first

Lot 46: Capote (Truman) Breakfast at Tiffany's, first

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Description: Capote (Truman) Breakfast at Tiffany's, first edition, very light water-staining to first 20pp., original cloth, spine a little rubbed, otherwise excellent, dust-jacket, spine faded, spine ends and corners a little rubbed, small patch of browning to front flap, otherwise an excellent copy, 8vo, New York, 1958. 'Half the women he knew ...claimed to be the model for his wacky heroine.' Gerald Clarke, Capote: a Biography. ***An excellent copy of Capote's most famous work in which he created Holly Golightly, an American cultural icon..

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Capote (Truman) Other Voices, Other Rooms, signed

Lot 47: Capote (Truman) Other Voices, Other Rooms, signed

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Description: Capote (Truman) Other Voices, Other Rooms, signed by the author on title, jacket spine very slightly darkened, corners and spine ends a little chipped, 1948; A Tree of Night and Other Stories, spine slightly darkened, jacket spine ends and corners a little chipped, 1950; The Grass Harp, spine a little discoloured, jacket spine slighlty darkened, repairs and restorations to head and foot, 1952; Breakfast at Tiffany's, jacket a little rubbed at spine ends and corners, 1958; Observations, Photographs by Richard Avedon, photographic illustrations, small ink ownership inscription to pastedown, spine slightly spotted and darkend, corners and spine ends slightly bumped, light toning to fore-edge, original slip-case, one joint split with remains of tape-repair, a little rubbed and worn at extremities, surface soiling, 1959; The Thanksgiving Visitor, photographic frontispiece, ink ownership inscription to endpaper, spine ends and corners a little bumped, jacket a little rubbed at extremities, 1967; Answered Prayers, 1986, first English editions, original cloth or boards, all but the fifth with dust-jackets, generally near-fine overall, 8vo & 4to (7) ***A good selection of the first English editions of Capote's works, including Breakfast at Tiffany's, his most famous work, and his remarkable collaboration with the photographer Richard Avedon..

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Capote (Truman) Music for Chameleons, first

Lot 48: Capote (Truman) Music for Chameleons, first

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Description: Capote (Truman) Music for Chameleons, first edition, signed by the author on title, signed by Tennessee Williams, the books dedicatee on dedication p., original cloth, spine ends slightly bumped, dust-jacket, spine ends and corners a little rubbed and creased, otherwise fine, 8vo, New York, 1980. ***Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams were friends for much of their literary careers, although by 1980 this relationship had become somewhat strained. Tragically, three years later, Williams would die, and, a year after that, so too would Capote..

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