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Fiction - English Authors Pre 1980

Fiction - English Authors Pre 1980

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1 Adair, Hazel Quoth The Raven
London Hutchinson 1947 First Edition Cloth Very Good Good 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Red title on green cloth boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally there is an inscription to front endpaper and a touch of foxing to top and fore edges else clean, tight and unmarked. A Very Good + copy. Coloured pictorial dustjacket by Wigglesworth is not price clipped and has a small mark to front where a small label has been removed, a small loss to head of spine and some small chipping G+.Not dated but the British Library has this as 1947. A novel set in the English village of Mickleham St. Mary of a woman, new to the village, who locals thought dull and reserved but who has a past she is hiding that was anything but dull. Her past catches up with her but her strength of character and her very practical conception of Christianity see her through. The author is the pseudonym of Hazel Iris Addis (1900-1990) a prolific . VERY SCARCE WITH DUSTJACKET 
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The Hand-Reared Boy, Aldiss, Brian
2 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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3 Berger, John Pig Earth
London Writers and Readers Publishing Cooperative 1979 0906495059 / 9780906495056 First Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy which has a few small indentations to back with near Fine dustjacket which also has a few small indentations to back. Set in a small village in the French Alps, it is a compelling story teller's history of a French peasant community and its eclipse ino the 20th century. 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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4 Bloomfield, Anthony The Tempter
London The Hogarth Press 1961 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Gold title on red boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally there is some foxing to closed edges and endpapers else clean and unmarked. A Very Good + copy. Dustjacket, by Lynton Lamb, has one small closed tear to back and a little wear to top. A novel of a bookshop, where behind the red curtains, the activities are sinister and illegal, but those who are drawn within achieve release and recapture their own innocence. Samson, the vain bookseller, leads them into conduct which is perilous in both spiritual and social terms, but his nature is recognised ultimately to contain a strong element of the redeemer. The author's third novel which may be read as a moral fable. 
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5 Clark, Elizabeth Country Tales To Tell
London Hodder and Stoughton 1979 0340225122 / 9780340225127 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Smith, Cara Lockhart 
A Very Good unmarked copy which has corner creasing to a few pages with VG+ dustjacket . Another delightful collection of eight stories by the author gathered from her various books and linked by their country setting. These are traditional tales, fast moving, sometimes funny, quite often with an unsuspecting twist and there is magic, fairies and animals and all of the stories are meant to be read out aloud. Delightfully illustrated especially for the book by Cara Lockhart Smith. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
Price: 3.00 GBP
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The History of Margaret Catchpole  -  A Suffolk Girl, Cobbold, Richard
6 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
7 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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8 Devas, Nicolette Black Eggs
London Collins 1970 0002212544 / 9780002212540 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Very Good+ clean and unmarked copy with no inscriptions and light foxing only to closed edges with VG+ dustjacket which is not price clipped. Map of Iceland endpapers. The fourth novel by the artist and author Nicolette Macnamara Devas (1911-1987), set in Iceland and which reflects her lifelong passion for birdwatching and insights into egg collectors gained working at the Natural History Museum. 
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9 Drury, Major W. P. The Passing Of The Flagship and Other Stories
London Chapman Hall 1915 First Thus Cloth Very Good Good 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Black decoration and title on salmon pink cloth boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally there is age darkening to endpapers and light foxing to closed edges else a clean, tight and unmarked copy. Certainly in Very Good condition especially for its age. Dustjacket has taped repairs but is complete.The new and cheaper edition. First published in 1902, it comprises 10 short stories from the noted writer and playwright (William Price Drury, C.B.E. formerly Major and later Lieutenant-Colonel. 1861-1949) - The Passing of the Flagship; The Dragon of Pyramid Hill; Aceldama; The Blankfile; An Audience with His Majesty; Casserbanker the Second; Concerning a Treaty with France; The Stranger Within the Gates; The Rising of Joga; That Which was Lost. 
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Shark Island, Edelman, Maurice
10 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
11 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 **** 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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Madrid! Madrid!  -  A Novel of the Spanish Civil War, Fisher, Alan E.
12 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. 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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The Master of the House, Hall, Radclyffe
13 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. 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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14 Hanley, Gerald Without Love
London Collins and The Book Society 1957 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Very Good + unmarked copy with VG dustjacket which has a small loss to spine tail and is not price clipped. This edition issued on first publication by the Book Society in association with William Collins, March 1957. A novel set in the summer of 1954 where Michael Brennan is ordered to kill a renegade to the subversive international organisation he is serving in Barcelona. He has killed before, often and without compunction, as a member of the S.S. in Russia and the communist resistance in France but he suddenly finds himself suspecting that the God of his youth may after all exist and can a man go on meditating murder and still hope for mercy at the end. If he refuses to commit it, the Organisation's summary punishment will certainly leave no chance for a last minute of grace. His sister arrives from England and offers one way out of his dilemma and his fiery Spanish mistress another. 
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15 Hull, Macdonald The Cultured Pearl
London Hammond, Hammond 1961 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Black title on yellow boards which are very clean and unmarked with no wear and with some light foxing to top edge. Internally very clean and unmarked. A Very Good + copy. Dustjacket by Sax is not price clipped. A novel set in Japan, where a young chemical engineer unwittingly finds himself the illegal owner of a very young Japanese girl, Masa Suzuki and assisted by his American chief and friend, seeks a formula to produce in her the perfection in Japanese and Western womanhood, a gem of the Orient. The author's second novel. **** Uncommon in such a very good condition dustjacket **** 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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16 Jacob, Naomi The Heart of the House
London Hutchinson 1951 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Gold title on black cloth boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear and a small bump to one lower corner tip. Internally there is a little light foxing to endpapers, closed edges and to the first few pages else very clean, tight and unmarked. A Very Good copy for its age. Dustjacket has light wear to edges, a taped repair to the complete edge alongside spine and is price clipped. Set against a background of Yorkshire and Bournemouth, its characters are Drake Marsden, son of a prosperous solicitor in a Yorkshire country town, estate agent to Sir Robert Maudesley, an autocratic but impoverished landowner who treats him badly. Drake's sister Edith and Maudesley's son and heir Sholto are secretly in love, though they both know that Sir Robert expects Sholto to marry wealth and set the estate on its feet again. The story tells of Edith's act of sacrifice and the subsequent coming into her life of Bill Gollantz, and of Drake's love for Flora Willis, who runs a pub. **** NOT EX LIB **** **** NOT BOOK CLUB **** 
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The Ploughman's Progress, Kaye-Smith, Sheila
17 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. First published in 1933 this is a characterful novel of rural life. SCARCE with complete dustjacket. The prolific author (1887-1956) was noted for her novels set in her Sussex homeland. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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18 Kelsall, Freda M. and Gibson, H.N. Double, Double
London W.H. Allen 1965 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY AUTHOR on front endpaper and dated 1967. A near Fine unmarked copy with just a little touch of foxing to top edge with VG+ dustjacket, by Biro, which is not price clipped. A delicate satire of William Eversleigh, a biology lecturer and a staunch Baconian, and Richard Holcroft, an actor and a fervent Shakespearian. Both forge a little evidence to help their theories stand up, and by an odd coincidence their letters appear in The Times on the same day. A television confrontation is arranged but because Richard shaves off his nearly lifelong beard to play Hamlet, and thus reveals a startling likeness to William, in fact they are proved to be twins, and the programme is cancelled. They arrive together in Stratford to discuss their forged evidence at the quatercentenary celebrations, agree to destroy the 'evidence' and then arrive at the startling conclusion about Shakespeare which forms the crux of the novel. Freda Margaret Kelsall 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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Wild Harbour, Macpherson, Ian
19 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. 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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20 Manning, Rosemary Look, Stranger
London Jonathan Cape 1960 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. The author (1911-1988) was an important British lesbian writer and this novel is set on an island off the south coast of England, where a little community live and whose beliefs and conduct are, on the surface, at variance with 20th century customs and ideas. 
Price: 6.00 GBP
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