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A Kentucky Cardinal and Aftermath, Allen, James Lane
1 Allen, James Lane A Kentucky Cardinal and Aftermath
London Macmillan 1909 Hard Cover Good AEG No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall Thomson, Hugh 
Gilt title with ornate gilt front board of birds and foliage on blue cloth boards which are clean with some wear to head of spine and fading to spine. Internally there is a contemporary name and date to front endpaper else very clean, tight and unmarked. All edges gilt. 48 illustrations by Hugh Thomson. xxxii + 286 pages. The American author (1849-1925) was a novelist and short story writer whose work often depicted the culture and dialects of his native Kentucky. 
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A Century of Gay Erotica, Andros, Phil; Delany, Samuel R.; Preston, John; Townsend, Larry and Travis, Aaron
2 Andros, Phil; Delany, Samuel R.; Preston, John; Townsend, Larry and Travis, Aaron A Century of Gay Erotica
New Jersey Masquerade 1998 0785808906 / 9780785808909 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket. History will remember our century as one in which gay men and lesbians became visible, insisting upon equal rights and public acceptance. Part of that acceptance has included recognizing their lives as sexual men and women. A Century of Gay Erotica is a testimonial to the extraordinary erotic imagination of gay writers in this century: Samuel R. Delany, John Preston, Aaron Travis, and Larry Townsend. How do men together define their unique experience of desire? What are the farthest reaches of endurance and lust? Classics sit side-by-side with brilliant contemporary stories in a collection focused on the romantic extremes of male power and passion. 
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3 Atta, Winfred Van A Good Place To Work And Die
London Robert Hale 1971 0709121245 / 9780709121244 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Silver title on black boards which are unmarked with no wear. Internally there is just a touch of light foxing to top edge else unmarked. Dustjacket has wear to edges and a small closed tear and is not price clipped. First UK edition. A detective novel set in Illinois where a public relations executive has gone to search for one of his company's vice president's who has gone missing. Stock market frauds and intrigue. SCARCE 
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The Looking Glass Wars, Beddor, Frank
4 Beddor, Frank The Looking Glass Wars
London Egmont 2004 1405209879 / 9781405209878 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
First Edition, First Printing. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. The American, Frank Beddor is a former world champion freestyle skier, film producer, actor, stuntman and writer and this novel is a re-working of the Alice in Wonderland story, which involves bloodshed, murder, revenge and war, with the central character being Alyss, Wonderland's most beloved Queen. 
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5 Benard, Robert (edited by) A Short Wait Between Trains - An Anthology of War Short Stories By American Writers
New York Delacorte Press 1991 0385304862 / 9780385304863 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
First Edition, First Printing November 1991. A Very Good+ copy with ink mark to top edge else unmarked with dustjacket which has some wear to edges, a small tear and is not priceclipped. Introduction by Knox Burger. 22 short stories by notable American writers including Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Stephen Crane, Ambrose Bierce, Eudora Welty, James Purdy, Bernard Malamud. 
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6 Blagowidow, George In Search of the Lady Lion Tamer
New York Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1987 0151445001 / 9780151445004 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy (Fine apart from a very small mark to lower closed edge) with VG dustjacket which is not price clipped. A playfully picaresque, erotic, magical novel of love and power, where Jan, a successful middle-aged businessman, finds himself in a Paris art gallery one afternoon, falling hopelessly in love with a lady lion tamer as she gazes out at him from a circus poster. He sets out to find her and the search takes him through most of Europe, plunging him into the dark reaches of his wartime adolescence and culminating in an extraordinary self-education in love, domination, and the human condition. 
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The Man Who Wrote Dirty Books, Dresner, Hal
7 Dresner, Hal The Man Who Wrote Dirty Books
London W.H. Allen 1965 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy (Fine apart from age toning to endpapers) with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First British edition. 192 pages. A professional writer of dirty books includes in one of his epics an imaginary character called Bibbsy Dibbs. There exists, unbelievably, a real Barbara (Bibbsy) Dibbs, who fits the description of her fictional namesake.. The girl's father, a retired naval commander, institutes proceedings for libel. The book is in the form of a series of lunatic letters, the most amusing being between the writer and his publisher. The commander might well be one of Henry Cecil's vexatious litigants; and the pornographer reminds one irresistibly of Groucho Marx at his most insulting. This is not a dirty book - but an excruciatingly funny one. 
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8 Dryer, Bernard V. The Image Makers
London Hutchinson 1959 Hard Cover Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Yellow title on black boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally very clean and unmarked. A Very Good + copy. Coloured pictorial dustjacket by Biro is complete but has wear to edges and chipping to top and bottom G+. Second impression June 1959 (first was also June 1959). A novel set against an international background of America, France and Tangier presenting a colourful tapestry of stories woven together of a plastic surgeon who goes to Paris to rebuild his life, a woman of the haute couture, the leader of the Algerian underground and the head of a banking family. The book by the American novelist and doctor was on The New York Times best-seller list for 37 weeks. 
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The Furnished Room and Other Stories, Henry, O
9 Henry, O The Furnished Room and Other Stories
London Hodder and Stoughton 1974 0340179465 / 9780340179468 First Thus Hard Cover Fine Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine uninscribed copy with complete dustjacket which has a repaired closed tear to top and a little wear. The American author (1862-1910) was a master of the short story with surprise endings who wrote about the lives of ordinary people in New York. He was born William Sydney Porter but used the pseudonym O. Henry for all his work. This collection comprises 61 short stories. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Over The Teacups, Holmes, Oliver Wendell
10 Holmes, Oliver Wendell Over The Teacups
London Sampson Low,Marston,Searle & Rivington 1891 Hard Cover Good TEG No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Gilt title and gilt motifs of teapot and cups and saucers on bevelled blue boards. Some light wear to boards but gilt still bright. Top edge gilt. Internally there is a contemporary signature to front endpaper and date Christmas 1899. Fruit and leaves decorated endpapers and some light foxing to some early pages. Second edition. Publisher's catalogue dated October,1890 bound in at rear. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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11 Keeley, Edmund The Libation
London Faber & Faber 1959 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gold title on red boards, very clean and unmarked. Internally a little foxing to front endpaper and fore edge with W. H. Smith private library bookplate to front pastedown, else very clean and unmarked. Dustjacket is VG+ and is in the original protector. A novel by the foremost Greek poetry translator and American Professor at Princeton. This is his first novel which won the Rome Prize for literature. It tells of a business man, the son of an American missionary, who returns to the Greek village where he grew up to claim his inheritance; and discovers what his inheritance is - in the course of a few nightmare days that overturn his life - precisely what his inheritance is. Piece by piece the past takes shape and the true relationship of the characters he has known since boyhood is revealed. 
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Rogues of San Francisco, Lee, Bill    (editedby)
12 Lee, Bill (editedby) Rogues of San Francisco
San Francisco GlB 1993 1879194155 / 9781879194151 First Soft Cover Near Fine No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy. vi + 228 pages. #3 of Rogues Series. Rogues of San Francisco is a collection of 16 Gay stories. PLEASE NOTE : SEXUALLY EXPLICIT 
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13 Ludlum, Robert The Ambler Warning
London Orion 2005 0752857495 / 9780752857497 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
First UK Edition, First Printing. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine complete dustjacket. On Parrish Island, a restricted strip of land off the coast of Virginia, there is a little known and never visited psychiatric facility, where far from prying eyes, the government stores former intelligence employees whose psychiatric state makes them a danger. One of these employees, former consular Operations agent Hal Ambler, is kept heavily medicated and closely watched, but he is not crazy and with the help of a sympathetic nurse, escapes to find out who and why he was put him there. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.9 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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14 McBain, Ed The Frumious Bandersnatch - A Novel of the 87th Precinct
London Orion 2004 0752855589 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
First UK edition. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine complete dustjacket. The acclaimed crime author and Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Award winner and holder of the Mystery Writers of America's coveted Grand Master Award and the Sherlock Award for 'Best International Detective' , presents a fast paced action thriller featuring Detective Steve Carella. A singer is about to perform her first single, Bandersnatch, on a luxury motor-launch in the heart of the city when masked men drag her away and the responsibility to get her back is Carella's. 
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The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder, Miller, Henry
15 Miller, Henry The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder
London Village Press 1973 Soft Cover Near Fine No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall Miller, Henry 
A near Fine copy which has just a touch of fading to front, internally Fine. 49 pages. First published in 1948. This is the story of Auguste, a famous clown who could make people laugh but who sought to impart to his audiences a lasting joy. It is a modern parable and like all good parables it can have as many interpretations. It has the magic of mystery, for which each reader must find his own clues and supply his own solution. 
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16 Ouellette, Pierre The Deus Machine
London Hodder and Stoughton 1994 0450603970 / 9780450603976 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
First UK edition. First Printing. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine complete dustjacket. The AUTHOR'S FIRST NOVEL. Set in the year 2005 where a paralysing depression threatens to collapse the US government and against this backdrop, a secret military cabal sets DEUS, a supercomputer with the potential for true intelligence, on a fateful course, perpetually reinventing itself and ultimately creating a powerful new viral weaponry. The potential for global disaster escalates as DEUS begins to create bizarre and deadly new life forms. Suddenly, mankinds fate rests with Riley, an unemployed computer expert and the only person skilled enough to stop the madness, but even as DEUS is propelled towards annihilation, it forges life sustaining bonds with Riley, the woman he loves and the abandoned boy whom DEUS comes to regard as something remarkable - a friend. 
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Hollywood's Silent Closet, Porter, Darwin
17 Porter, Darwin Hollywood's Silent Closet
New York The Georgia Literary Society 2001 0966803027 / 9780966803020 First Edition Soft Cover Near Fine No Jacket 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy which has rippling to the font plastic coating (manufacturing production fault). A large format volume of 745 pages. The novel centres on Durango Jones, a young man from Kansas that arrives in Hollywood in 1919 in the hope of becoming a star. He meets some of the biggest stars of the era and relates his very personal experiences and wild adventures to us. While this book is a novel with many of the incidents and dialogue sounding fictional, many of the events mentioned have been proven to be true. The silent movie stars are the real ones and their sexual proclivities and perversions are covered. Stars in the book are Fatty Arbuckle, Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino, John Barrymore, Mary Pickford, Mabel Normand, Douglas Fairbanks, Marion Davies, William Randolph Hearst, Greta Garbo, Ramon Novarro, Norma Shearer, John Gilbert, Lillian Gish, Gloria Swanson and many others. A SEXUALLY EXPLICIT BOOK. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.38 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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18 Reed, Myrtle At The Sign of the Jack O'Lantern
London Putnam & Co 1944 Cloth Good Fair 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Dark blue titles and decoration on blue cloth boards which are clean and unmarked apart from two very small spots and a touch of fading to top of spine tip but with no wear. Internally there is a neat contemporary inscription to front endpaper else very clean, tight and unmarked. A Good + copy. Dustjacket is not price clipped with chipping to spine head and tail and some small closed tears. First published in 1905 this is a romantic novel by the popular American author (1874-1911) of 'Lavender and Old Lace'. 
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19 Shubin, Seymour Manta
London Ernest Benn 1958 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
First UK Edition. Gold title on black boards which are very clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally there is a small neat name to front pastedown else very clean, tight and unmarked. Dustjacket by Biro has some small closed tears and some chipping but is not price clipped. The American author's second novel is of a Philadelphia lawyer on holiday with his wife in Caracas, the Venezuelan boom town, staying with his wife's sister who go out in a local tycoon's yacht, hunting manta, a sea monsterlike a giant ray. 
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Uncle Tom's Cabin, Stowe, Harriet Beecher
20 Stowe, Harriet Beecher Uncle Tom's Cabin
Geneva Edito-Service First Thus Hard Cover Fine No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gold title and decoration to spine on dark green leatherette spine with ornate gold decoration on mustard coloured leatherette boards. A Fine unmarked copy. Yellow page marker bound in. Uniform with Books That Have Changed Man's Thinking Series. With an introduction and appreciation by Kenneth Allsop. Portrait frontispiece and 21 illustrations. Not dated but circa late 1960's / early 1970's. 
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