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Fiction - English Authors Pre 1980

Fiction - English Authors Pre 1980

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The Hand-Reared Boy, Aldiss, Brian
1 Aldiss, Brian The Hand-Reared Boy
London Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1970 0297179608 / 9780297179603 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Very Good unmarked copy which has a very minor indentation to top edge and age darkening to closed edges with dustjacket which has two small repaired closed tears and is not price clipped. This is the first of a quartet of novels which will span the four decades from the thirties to the sixties, in the form of fictitious autobiography. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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Rhapsody For Strings, Buckley, Eunice
2 Buckley, Eunice Rhapsody For Strings
London Andrew Dakers 1945 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine No Jacket 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Gold title on black cloth boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally clean and unmarked. A near Fine copy. Eunice Buckley is one of the pseudonyms of Rose Laure Allatini (1890-1980) a Vienna born English author and once wife to the famous classical pianist, composer, poet and occultist, Cyril Scott (1879-1970). Her novel 'Despised and Rejected' was suppressed by the government during the First World War for fear it would encourage pacifism and was a novel of homosexuality and conscientious objectors. She wrote many popular novels tinged with mysticism, lesbian references and re-incarnation. She separated from her husband in 1941 and went to live with her lover Melanie Mills in Rye in Sussex. This novel with a musical theme is also tinged with lesbian references and is partly set in Vienna. **** A SCARCE TITLE **** 
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Till Death Do Us Part, Carr, John Dickson
3 Carr, John Dickson Till Death Do Us Part
Berne Alfred Scherz 1946 Soft Cover Very Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Card covers have age darkening with hardly any wear. Internally there is age darkening to page edges else clean, tight and unmarked. 220 pages. Scherz Phoenix Books volume 45. Very good condition considering its age. First published in 1944 this is a scarce early printing. 'Dick Markham is engaged to a beautiful but somewhat mysterious young woman named Lesley Grant. When they attend a cricket match in the English village of Six Ashes, they stop at the nearby fair and Lesley insists on seeing the fortune teller. She is apparently unaware that the fortune teller is being played by Sir Harvey Gilman, the Home Office pathologist and expert on crime. After her session, Dick visits Sir Harvey. The crime expert is about to tell his visitor something unpleasant about Lesley when he is shot and wounded, accidentally it seems, by Lesley herself. Later that night, Sir Harvey tells Dick that he recognized Lesley as a murderer who killed three husbands but was never convicted . . . because she somehow got the men to inject themselves with poison. Later that night, Sir Harvey dies in a locked and sealed room, in the exact same fashion as the three husbands.The famed Dr. Gideon Fell is called in to assist the investigation, and what he says after simply seeing the corpse turns the whole case upside down. The brilliant sleuth knows he is on the trail of a cunning killer with a hidden motive, but his cryptic comments leave everyone else baffled. As Fell unravels the clues, including a set of drawing pins found scattered beside the body, the murderer strikes again. Meanwhile, a desperate Dick Markham can't help wondering whether Lesley is a woman in grave danger or a threat to his life.' **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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The History of Margaret Catchpole  -  A Suffolk Girl, Cobbold, Richard
4 Cobbold, Richard The History of Margaret Catchpole - A Suffolk Girl
London Oxford University Press 1929 Hard Cover Very Good Good 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall 
Gilt title and blind embossed decoration to spine on green cloth boards which have no wear. Internally there is the BOOKPLATE OF REV. P.B. CLAYTON (Reverend 'Tubby' Clayton, founder of TocH the international Christian movement) to front pastedown, a gift inscription and bookshop stamp to front endpaper else very clean, tight and unmarked. Dustjacket has marks and edge wear with small losses and is not price clipped. xvii + 423 + 16 page publisher's catalogue. Margaret Catchpole (1762-1819) was an English adventuress, chronicler and criminal. Born in Suffolk, she worked as a servant in various houses before being convicted of stealing a horse and later escaping from Ipswich Gaol. Following her capture she was transported to Australia. Rev. Richard Cobbold (son of her former employers) made Catchpole the subject of this novel, first published in 1845. 
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Fall Of Man, Croft-Cooke, Rupert
5 Croft-Cooke, Rupert Fall Of Man
London White Lion Publishers 1976 0727400568 / 9780727400567 First Thus Hard Cover Very Good Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gold title and motif on grey boards very clean and unmarked VG+. Pictorial dustjacket is complete with a little shelf wear and with the price crossed through. A novel written under the author's real name who also used the pseudonym Leo Bruce. First published by Macmillan in 1955 this novel is the story of Antony Scaw, as told by his friend, whose orderly life is changed by forces which mark him down as rebellious and non conformist. It plots his life from childhood before the First World War and his marriage to "one of the Bright Young Things" up to the present where the stubbornly independent man sees society's revenge on him. It reflects, perhaps, the author's own experiences as a non conformist and as a homosexual, who was prosecuted in 1953 and imprisoned and warned that he should not write about this which forced him to go to Morocco to live and write. *** A SCARCE TITLE *** 
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Shark Island, Edelman, Maurice
6 Edelman, Maurice Shark Island
London Hamish Hamilton 1967 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY AUTHOR on front endpaper with year. Silver title on blue boards which are very clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked apart from a small old price (20/-) written on front endpaper. A Very Good+ copy. Dustjacket with design by Charles Mozley has some light foxing, hardly any wear and is not price clipped. Second impression (first was also 1967). A novel of moral dilemmas, where the British Administrator of a decaying Caribbean island is under pressure from the Government to authorise a development scheme promoted by a syndicate of U.S. gamblers. Sympathetic to the islanders' wish to preserve their simple, religious society, the Administrator soon finds himself in conflict with the visiting Minister of State. The author evokes all of the contradictions of the Caribbean - turquoise skies and hurricanes, placid seas and the monsters beneath them, simple faith, hot-gospellers, buccaneers, missionaries, luxury clubs, hungry children, sophistication and primitive reversions and voodoo. 
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The History Of Amelia, Fielding, Henry
7 Fielding, Henry The History Of Amelia
London Hutchinson 1905 Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall George Cruikshank 
COMPLETE IN TWO VOLUMES. Gilt title and floral decoration to spine and blind embossed floral decoration to front with gilt facsimile signature of Fielding on green cloth boards. Boards are very clean and unmarked with just a trace of wear to spine corners. Internally some light foxing to endpapers and some of the plates else very clean and unmarked. 8 illustrations by George Cruikshank. A very attractive set of one of Fielding's classic novels in above average condition for it's age. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Madrid! Madrid!  -  A Novel of the Spanish Civil War, Fisher, Alan E.
8 Fisher, Alan E. Madrid! Madrid! - A Novel of the Spanish Civil War
London Robert Hale 1980 0709179626 / 9780709179627 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY AUTHOR with dedication and also, loosely inserted, is a letter to the recipient by the author. A near Fine copy (Fine apart from the dedication) with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 192 pages. He had arrived in war-torn Madrid during the third, winter month of the siege, but he couldn't really make up his mind why he had come. General Franco's troops had fought their way into the suburbs and were only 17 blocks from the heart of the city. The icy wind of the Guadarrama Mountains swept the shell-scarred streets and made the old wound in his leg ache. And the doubt was there now, in the back of his mind. Maybe he was getting too old for his profession, and the odds were getting longer. Franco'splanes were faster and better than the ageing French machines that he and the other Internationals had to fly, defending the city. 
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The Master of the House, Hall, Radclyffe
9 Hall, Radclyffe The Master of the House
London Jonathan Cape 1932 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Light brown cloth boards have age darkening to spine and edges but no wear. Internally there is a contemporary name to rear endpaper else very clean, tight and unmarked. 490 pages. Marguerite Radclyffe Hall (1880-1943). Her novel is one with deeply religious themes, set in Provençal France. Some of the names and sentences in the Provençal language that occur throughout the book are aided by a pronouncing glossary. 
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The Ploughman's Progress, Kaye-Smith, Sheila
10 Kaye-Smith, Sheila The Ploughman's Progress
London Cassell 1951 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Gold title on green boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally clean, tight and unmarked with a little foxing to top edge. Coloured pictorial dustjacket has some light wear with a few small closed tears. The prolific author (1887-1956) was noted for her novels set in her Sussex homeland. A characterful novel and one of her most amusing. SCARCE with complete dustjacket. 
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Wild Harbour, Macpherson, Ian
11 Macpherson, Ian Wild Harbour
Edinburgh Paul Harris 1981 0862280222 / 9780862280222 Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 252 pages. New introduction by Donald Campbell. When Wild Harbour was first published in 1936, the anxious days before war was to break again on a weary world, the author, Ian Macpherson, asked if it would be possible to avoid destruction by retiring 'for the duration' to a remote spot beyond the range of bombs, poison gas and bacteria. He answered his question in this novel which tells the story of two deeply imaginative people, Hugh and his wife Terry, who flee to the Highlands of Scotland on the outbreak of a war to end all wars. There, they find not the idyll that they had expected but a harsh world where even the anarchy of 'civilisation' makes itself felt and at one point when they try and return to their home they find it desolate and in ruins. The world as they knew it has come to an end. The grim plot of the novel, with its tragic but inevitable conclusion, is as topical today, when the threat of nuclear annihilation is ever-present. 
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The Wasps' Nest, Marsden, Walter
12 Marsden, Walter The Wasps' Nest
London Hodder and Stoughton 1948 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Stated First Edition August 1948. Dark blue title on grey cloth. A very clean and unmarked copy with coloured pictorial dustjacket showing a map of Syria with a wasps' nest. Dustjacket has some wear and a small tear at top of spine but is complete. This is a novel of modern Syria and the author's presentation of the Levant is based on personal experience. An acclaimed novel which won an award from the Society of Authors. *** SCARCE WITH DUSTJACKET *** 
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Fast and Loose, Parkin, Molly
13 Parkin, Molly Fast and Loose
London W.H. Allen 1979 049102228X / 9780491022286 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. TRUE FIRST EDITION. 171 pages. Lady Lettice Patch is what you'd call a plump person. Since the death of Sir Bertie, she's done very little but eat and trundle out torrid prose. So it's off, then, to Slivers Health Farm to fight the flab. She unites joyously with Dame Agatha Tatters, ravishing Flower Fowler (nipples like steeples) and other ballooning females. Not to mention the lads - paunchy Flab Pottle, Windsor Shag and fading pop-idol, Kid Lips. The battle of the bulge is fought under the stern supervision of the Slivers staff with their strict discipline and motley proclivities. All are greedy for food, sex or both, and there's enough at Slivers to satisfy the most ravenous appetite. 
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Roy Plomley's Desert Island Book, Plomley, Roy
14 Plomley, Roy Roy Plomley's Desert Island Book
Newton Abbot David and Charles 1979 0715374680 / 9780715374689 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A near Fine clean, tight and unmarked copy (Fine apart from a very thin line of fading to top of spine) with VG+ dustjacket which is priceclipped. This is the creator of 'Desert Island Discs' personal compilation of the best desert island literature; it is an entertaining account of the desert island in fact and fiction. Illustrated throughout. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
Price: 6.00 GBP
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News From Thrush Green, Read, Miss
15 Read, Miss News From Thrush Green
London Michael Joseph 1970 0718107837 / 9780718107833 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Goodall, John S. 
A Very Good+ unmarked copy with dustjacket which has wear to top edge and foxing to rear and is price clipped. The author is the pseudonym of Dora Saint, a prolific novelist who draws on her own memories of living and teaching in a small English village in Berkshire. Miss Read returns to Thrush Green and we meet again such old friends as Doctor Bailey, Harold Shoosmith, Dotty Harmer, forthright Ella Bembridge and her timid friend Dimity now happily married to the rector. Wonderfully illustrated by John S. Goodall. *** NOT EX LIB *** 
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The Book of Catherine Wells, Wells, H. G.
16 Wells, H. G. The Book of Catherine Wells
London Chatto & Windus / Hogarth Press 1928 First Edition Hard Cover Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gilt and decoration on brown cloth boards which has just a little wear to spine head and tail and a few small marks to boards but generally clean. Internally there is a contemporary signature and address to front endpaper, light foxing to a few pages and to closed fore edge and some creasing to corner tips of some pages. vi + 313 pages. 4 photographic illustrations tipped in. Overall a Good + copy. Pages 3-44 are a lengthy introduction by H.G. Wells which is a celebration of his late wife's life and work and which is a very moving account and a memorial to her. This is followed by 21 of his wife's stories and poems selected by him. 
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The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, Wilde, Oscar
17 Wilde, Oscar The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde
London Collins 1971 Hard Cover Near Fine Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy (Fine apart from minor light marks to fore and lower edges) in leatherette boards with gold top edge with slipcase which has wear to edges. 1216 pages. Introduction to the volume by Vyvyan Holland - Oscar Wilde's son. Here is the most complete one-volume collection of Oscar Wilde's work. It includes The Importance of Being Earnest based on the original four-act play but with readings from the revised version where these are considered to be more 'polished' than the original. De Profundis is taken from the only complete and accurate source, the original British Museum manuscript which was recently suppressed. Included is the final version of The Portrait of Mr. W.H., never before printed in a one-volume edition, in which Wilde expanded his theory concerning the mystery of Shakespeare's Sonnets. A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Overeducated, not until recently included in the Wilde canon at all, is also featured. In this collection 13 poems have been added, and some extra stanzas introduced to the remaining poems so that now the poems of Wilde stand complete. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME WITH SLIPCASE OF 1.15 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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