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ALDRIDGE**, ALAN:
The PEACOCK PARTY: A SEQUEL TO THE BUTTERFLY BALL and the GRASSHOPPER'S FEAST.**

Imprint: LONDON.JONATHAN CAPE Ltd.,1979.
Edition: UK,slim Qrto HB,no dw/dj - as issued,illustrated1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , No dw/dj,as issued.
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,slim Qrto HB,no dw/dj,as issued,illustrated 1st edn. NFINE. No owner inscrptn.Bright,crisp, clean,glossy laminated,colour pictorial illustrated boards; with negligible shelf-wear to edges and corners and immaculate grey silhouetted illustrated endpapers.Slight sunning/fading to both front+rear boards' top and side edges - due to proximity of previously stored,smaller books.Publisher's bright,crisp, clean,sharp-cornered,original colour illustrated glazed boards,a price label to rear board's lower,left-hand corner.Top+fore-edges bright and clean; contents bright,tight and clean,some minimal random spotting to some pages but no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corner tips other than those to the last illustration occuring on its closing/folding.UK,slim Qrto HB, no dw/dj - as issued,illustrated 1st edn,28pp [unpaginated] includes colour vignetted title page,11 full-colour,full-page illustrations by both Aldridge and Harry Willock,and last illustration is a double-page fold-out, which has corner creases to both top+bottom corners and some ubiquitous but minimal foxing spots to verso.   Based on 'The Peacock 'At Home' by A Lady (1807),and a sequel to 'The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast',verses written with George E. Ryder.Written as a sequel for those not invited to the Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast.   Alan Aldridge (active from c.1967).Born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.Attended Romford Technical College but left at 15 and supported himself with an assortment of jobs including insurance clerk,repertory actor,dock hand and barrow boy.In 1963,he took a short evening course in commercial graphics.Soon,he had achieved spectacular success with designs for posters,book covers,record sleeves, car,furniture and body painting,as well as magazine and book illustration.In 1966,he was appointed art director of Penguin books,but left in 1968 to set up his own studio,Ink,which received commissions from many of the leading pop groups and glossy magazines of the day,including the Beatles' ill-fated Apple Corps.   As Aldridge's career embodied many of the aspirations of the 'swinging sixties', so his drawing epitomised the graphic idiom of the decade.His use of brilliant 'psychedelic' colours in combination with ebulliently decorative draughtsmanship gave his work the vigorous popular appeal of fairground art; but he used this apparently unsophisticated language to convey ideas of almost surrealist complexity, abounding in visual ambiguities,allusions and jokes.Stylistically his most influential innovation was his use of the airbrush for fine colour graduation and shading over much of the picture surface,giving the illusion of undulating movement within the crisp contours.As his draughtsmanship developed,he increasingly incorporated graaphic references to cultural traditions as diverse as oriental painting and pre-Columbian art,while his imagery continued to invite closer and more intense scrutiny.After disbanding Ink, Aldridge continued to work freelance,finding a regular publisher in Jonathan Cape.In 1974,he won the Children's Book of the Year Award with 'Butterfly Ball'; and latterly he has designed animated films. Died 17th February,2017.  Please contact seller,because of the lighter weight and the value of this item, for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!   N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE.     ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard US AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always. **

Stock number: rja409612. ISBN: 0224015915.

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ALDRIDGE**, ALAN:
The PEACOCK PARTY: A SEQUEL TO THE BUTTERFLY BALL and the GRASSHOPPER'S FEAST.**

Imprint: LONDON.JONATHAN CAPE Ltd.,1979.
Edition: UK,slim Qrto HB,no dw/dj - as issued,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , No dw/dj,as issued.
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,slim Qrto HB,no dw/dj,as issued,illustrated 1st edn.FINE.Neat,blue ink,donor inscrptn to verso of front free endpaper.Bright,crisp, clean,glossy laminated,colour pictorial illustrated boards; with negligible shelf-wear to edges and corners and immaculate grey silhouetted illustrated endpapers,the top two corners minimally bumped.Publisher's original price printed to rear board's lower,left-hand corner.Top+fore-edges bright and clean; contents bright,tight and generally clean but some minimal,random foxing to some pages.Light, slight,sporadic foxing to both sides of title page and the first versed page,and similar light,sporadic foxing to verso of the double-page fold-out illustration at rear - else fine. UK,slim Qrto HB,no dw/dj - as issued,illustrated 1st edn,28pp [unpaginated] includes colour vignetted title page,11 full-colour,full-page illustrations by both Aldridge and Harry Willock,and last illustration is a double-page fold-out,which has a 1/4" vertical crease to vertical page edge. Based on 'The Peacock 'At Home' by A Lady (1807),and a sequel to 'The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast',verses written with George E. Ryder.Wriiten as a sequel,for those not invited to the Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast. Alan Aldridge (active from c.1967).Born in Aylesbury,Buckinghamshire.Attended Romford Technical College but left at 15 and supported himself with an assortment of jobs including insurance clerk, repertory actor,dock hand and barrow boy. In 1963,he took a short evening course in commercial graphics.Soon,he had achieved spectacular success with designs for posters,book covers,record sleeves,car, furniture and body painting,as well as magazine and book illustration.In 1966,he was appointed art director of Penguin books,but left in 1968 to set up his own studio,Ink,which received commissions from many of the leading pop groups and glossy magazines of the day,including the Beatles' ill-fated Apple Corps. As Aldridge's career embodied many of the aspirations of the 'swinging sixties',so his drawing epitomised the graphic idiom of the decade.His use of brilliant 'psychedelic' colours in combination with ebulliently decorative draughtsmanship gave his work the vigorous popular appeal of fairground art; but he used this apparently unsophisticated language to convey ideas of almost surrealist complexity, abounding in visual ambiguities,allusions and jokes.Stylistically his most influential innovation was his use of the airbrush for fine colour graduation and shading over much of the picture surface,giving the illusion of undulating movement within the crisp contours.As his draughtsmanship developed,he increasingly incorporated graaphic references to cultural traditions as diverse as oriental painting and pre-Columbian art,while his imagery continued to invite closer and more intense scrutiny.After disbanding Ink, Aldridge continued to work freelance, finding a regular publisher in Jonathan Cape.In 1974,he won the Children's Book of the Year Award with 'Butterfly Ball'; lkatterly he had designed animated films.Died 17th February,2017. Please contact seller,because of the lighter weight and the value of this item,for correct, insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE. ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always. **

Stock number: rja409712. ISBN: 0224015915.

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ALDRIDGE**, ALAN:
The PEACOCK PARTY: A SEQUEL TO THE BUTTERFLY BALL and the GRASSHOPPER'S FEAST.** [Author SIGNED+doodled copy.]

Imprint: LONDON.JONATHAN CAPE Ltd.,1979.
Edition: UK,slim Qrto HB,no dw/dj,as issued,illustrator SIGNED,illustrated 1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , No dw/dj - as issued.
Inscription: Illustrator SIGNED+doodled.

UK,slim Qrto HB,no dw/dj,as issued,illustrator SIGNED, illustrated 1st edn. NFINE. No owner inscrptn but author's neat,handwritten black ink signature with an additional small drawing of a spider dangling from the last letter of his signature to the title page.Bright,crisp,clean, sharp-cornered,glossy laminated,colour pictorial illustrated boards; with capitalised,coloured and capitalised,black-lettered illustrators and author credits to faux invitation card illustration to front board; a white spine/ backstrip with capitalised coloured title, illustrators coloured surnames and publisher's b/w illustrated colophon to foot of same,rear board without illustration other than a yellow decorative border.Negligible shelf-wear to edges and corners with a miniscule bump+reciprocal creases at head of spine,some inevitable but minimal,superficial age-acquired scoring/indents and immaculate grey silhouetted illustrated endpapers with no hinge cracking to same.Top+ fore-edges bright,crisp and clean; contents bright,tight and clean,solid and sound - virtually pristine (illustrator's  signature aside) - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corner tips.UK,slim Qrto HB, no dw/dj - as issued, illustrator SIGNED,illustrated 1st edn,28pp [unpaginated] includes colour vignetted title page with illustrator's doodled signature, 11 full-colour,full-page illustrations and the 12th illustration as a double-page fold-out by both Alan Aldridge and Harry Willock.  Visually the exterior appearance is exceptional and particularly internally,is also in an exceptional condition/ state of preservation and presentation,for a book of its 45 year-old age and nature, i.e a child's book.It really is an exceptional copy for its cleanliness,brightness and lack of detracting faults.                   Based on 'The Peacock 'At Home' by A Lady (1807),and a sequel to 'The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast', verses written by George E. Ryder.Written as a sequel for those not invited to the Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast,and the continuation of sequels with 'The Lion's Cavalcade'.   Alan Aldridge (active from c.1967).Born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.Attended Romford Technical College but left at 15 and supported himself with an assortment of jobs including insurance clerk,repertory actor,dock hand and barrow boy.In 1963,he took a short evening course in commercial graphics.Soon,he had achieved spectacular success with designs for posters,book covers,record sleeves,car,furniture and body painting,as well as magazine and book illustration.In 1966,he was appointed art director of Penguin books,but left in 1968 to set up his own studio,Ink,which received commissions from many of the leading pop groups and glossy magazines of the day,including the Beatles' ill-fated Apple Corps.  As Aldridge's career embodied many of the aspirations of the 'swinging sixties', so his drawing epitomised the graphic idiom of the decade.His use of brilliant 'psychedelic' colours in combination with ebulliently decorative draughtsmanship gave his work the vigorous popular appeal of fairground art; but he used this apparently unsophisticated language to convey ideas of almost surrealist complexity, abounding in visual ambiguities,allusions and jokes.Stylistically his most influential innovation was his use of the airbrush for fine colour graduation and shading over much of the picture surface,giving the illusion of undulating movement within the crisp contours.As his draughtsmanship developed,he increasingly incorporated graaphic references to cultural traditions as diverse as oriental painting and pre-Columbian art,while his imagery continued to invite closer and more intense scrutiny.After disbanding Ink, Aldridge continued to work freelance,finding a regular publisher in Jonathan Cape.In 1974,he won the Children's Book of the Year Award with 'Butterfly Ball'; and latterly he has designed animated films. Died 17th February,2017. Please contact seller,because of the lighter weight and the value of this item, for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!  N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE.    ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard US AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always. **

Stock number: rja1115724. ISBN: 0224015915.

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ALEXANDER, SIDNEY:
MARC CHAGALL: A BIOGRAPHY.

Imprint: LONDON.CASSELL LTD.,1979.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.FINE/FINE.No owner inscrptn,and no price-clip to dw/dj.Bright, crisp,clean,glossy laminated,plain white background with black lettered dw/dj,with negligible shelf-wear and creasing to edges - no nicks or tears present - almost as new,despite book's age.Top+fore-edges bright and clean; contents bright,tight and pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corner tips - an unread copy? Sharp-cornered,bright,clean, publisher's original plain black cloth boards with bright,crisp,blocked silver gilt letters to spine/backstrip,and immaculate,plain white endpapers.UK,thick 8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn, 526pp[paginated] includes contents list, acknowledgements,Pts 1-9,2 separate b/w illustrations interspersed in text along with a block of 16pp b/w contemporary photographs+illus between pp128/9,biblio and an index; plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages,dedication and a quotation page,2pp blanks at rear. Sidney Alexander has colourfully re-created the life of Marc Chagall,the great,and last surviving,member of the School of Paris. Based upon years of research and interviews across three continents,and embodying much hitherto unpublished biographical material,'Marc Chagall' presents a portrait as vivid as one of the artist's own creations. Chagall's long and dramatic life is traced from his early years in the Jewish environment of Vitebsk in Tsarist Russia where he was born in 1887,as an apprentice painter in St Petersburg, his fledgling years in Paris,his return to Russia where he was trapped by the First World War;his life as Commissar of Fine Arts in his home town, his return to Paris and exile in America in the Second World War. At last the story of his second marriage, ignored by Chagall himself in his autobiographical sketch,'My Life',is told, together with his close relationships with leading figures in the world of art,literature and the theatre. Alexander thus evokes a gallery of brilliant portraits and sensational events:Matisse and Picasso,Cubism and Fauvism,Modigliani and Soutine,the poet Apollinaire; revolutionaries and rioters: Leon Bakst,Nijinsky,Diaghilev; the art world of post-revolutionary Russia; the exiles in New York - Leger,Mondrian,Jacques Maritain. While France has been Chagall's 'second motherland',his roots remain in his birthplace. The mainsprings of his art are his Jewish childhood and Russian folklore,producing an extraordinary oeuvre which incorporates Hebraic intentsity with French sophistication.His immense output of paintings,as well as the Bible etchings,the stained glass in Jerusalem,the ceiling of the Paris Opera and the murals in Lincoln Center are all considered against the social matrix in which they were moulded. Alexander's biography captures the whimsical, mystical personality of this giant of 20thC art, the 'greatest living colourist' according to Picasso. 'Marc Chagall' is a superbly comprehensive biography of an artist living at the heart of the social and political setting of contemporary cultural events in Russia,France and America. Please contact seller,because of the weight/ value of this item,for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! ** N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE. ** This item offered P+p included.Available UK only,unless indicated otherwise. ** ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always.

Stock number: rja406512. ISBN: 0304304433.

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ALEXANDER, MICHAEL:
Mrs.Fraser On The Fatal Shore.

Imprint: LONDON.MICHAEL JOSEPH,1971.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,slim 8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.FINE/FINE.No owner inscrptn,and no price-clip to dw/dj. Bright,crisp,clean,glossy laminated colour+b/w illustrated dw/dj; with negligible shelf-wear and creasing to edges and corners - no major nicks or tears present.Top+fore-edges bright and generally clean; contents bright,tight and near pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corners - possibly unread? Sharp-cornered,bright,crisp,clean, publisher's original,plain blue cloth boards with bright,crisp,stamped gilt letters to spine/backstrip and immaculate blue+white map illustrated eps.UK,slim 8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,9-185pp [paginated] includes contents list/table,a copy of 'Mournful Verses (relating to the wreck of the Stirling Castle),15 chapters and an epilogue,16pp contemporary b/w illus/ plates comprising 16 illus between pp96/7, and appendices(13).Plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages,a dedication, acknowledgements,illus list/table,and 4pp of title-pages (2 are b/w illustrated) of contemporary books (1837/8) relating to Mrs. Fraser at rear. In 1836 the barque Stirling Castle was wrecked on the Great Barrier Reef and the crew and the captain's wife cast ashore on the coast of what is now Queensland. Captured by stone age aborigines of rude habits and cannibalistic tendencies Captain Fraser was speared to death and other members of the crew disposed of in various ways.Mrs. Fraser,a lady of genteel upbringing,was stripped naked by her captors and made to perform exacting and humiliating tasks as slave to the tribe. Having lately given birth in an open boat to a baby which was immediately drowned, she was forced to mother an aboriginal child which she described as "one of the most deformed and ugly-looking brats my eyes ever beheld." A remarkable rescue by an Irish convict, who had lived among the natives as the "ghost" of a dead warrior,may or may not have saved her from "a fate worse than death". Mrs. Fraser's subsequent misadventures and impositions in England add an intriguing finale to a fascinating tale. This is a true story,supported by documentary evidence,behind one of the great Australian legends. Please contact seller,because of the weight and value of this item,for correct, insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!

Stock number: rja443913. ISBN: 0718108159.

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ALEXANDER,PAUL:
RED DWARF LOG No.1996.

Imprint: LONDON.HEINEMANN,1996.
Edition: UK,8vo HB,no dw/dj(as issued),1st edn.
Binding: Hardback.

UK,8vo HB,no dw/dj,as issued,1st edn. FINE.No owner inscrptn - an unused diary based on the series of Red Dwarf.Laminated colour photographic upper wrap,text to rear wrap bds with minimal shelf-wear to edges,colour illustrated interstellar map eps and pristine contents.Colour+b/w photographs and illustrations throughout the diary. This is the official crew log [No.1996] of the mining ship Red Dwarf.All crew members are required to make entries - detailing their thoughts and insights during the voyage.Entries of a puerile or scatological nature are expressly forbidden and the words smeghead,gimboid, smeg for brains,goit and molecule mind should not be used with reference to any crew mates.And in the case of Third Technician Arnold J Rimmer the temptation may be particularly strong.It is the earnest hope of us all here at base that your voyage is a successful one and none of you get eaten alive by anything weird out there.Godspeed. Please contact seller, because of the light weight of this item, for correct shipping/P+p quote - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!

Stock number: rja338. ISBN: 0434003700.

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ALEXANDER OF TUNIS,Field-Marshal Earl:
The Alexander Memoirs 1940-1945.

Imprint: UK.BARNSLEY,S. YORKS.FRONTLINE BOOKS/PEN & SWORD BOOKS LTD.,2010.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn thus.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn thus.FINE+/FINE+. No owner inscrptn per se - but its possible removal - as a diagonal top corner clip in situ,affecting both front free endpaper and concomitant corner of the frntis,but no price-clip (£19.99) to dw/dj.Bright,crisp,clean,matt,subject's b/w portrait photographic illustrated front panel of dw/dj,with b/w lettering; with negligible shelf-wear or creasing to edges and corners - no nicks or tears present.Top+fore-edges bright and clean; contents bright,tight,clean,solid and sound - near pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corners,appears unread - apart from my own collation. Bright,crisp,clean,sharp-cornered, publisher's original plain black cloth bds with bright,crisp,stamped gilt letters to spine/backstrip and immaculate plain white eps.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn thus,v-xxipp+ 3-210pp [paginated] includes separate contents+illustrations lists/tables, subject's preface,Shane Alexander (the subject's son) foreword,an introduction by James Holland (renowned WW2 subject author),double-page b/w map (Coast of North Africa),3 sections comprising XV (15) chapters - each section with pertinent b/w battle maps,16pp contemporary b/w auto+biographical photographs in 1 block,between pp106/7,and an index.Plus [unpaginated] half-title page with subject's b/w portrait photographic frntis to it's recto,title page,and individual section separator pages. A comprehensive new edition of a classic wartime memoir recounting and analysing pivotal battles,including the desert war in North Africa. After his first meeting with General Alexander in August 1942,Lieutenant-General Sir Brian Horrocks wrote,'By repute he was Winston Churchill's fire brigade chief par excellance: the man who was always despatched to retrieve the most desperate situations.' Churchill was indeed in need of a fire brigade chief.Rommel had chased Allied forces back across the desert.Alexander brought a new hope to the Desert Rats: he instilled them with his own confidence and thought of victory.Under his command, Montgomery was ready to fight and win the battle of El Alamein.Even as his generals drove the enemy from North Africa, Alexander was planning far ahead for Sicily and Operation Husky - the first major seaborne invasion by either side during the war. It was said that before El Alamein the Allies never knew victory,and after El Alamein never knew defeat: much of the credit belongs to Alexander.For decades his contribution to the British efforts in both wars has been overlooked.Here, however,is a comprehensive edition of his personal and candid memoirs,which includes judgements on such men as Montgomery, Patton and Churchill.He also details his role in leading the withdrawal of the 1st Infantry Division at Dunkirk,his dealings with Stilwell in Burma and the bombing of the Monte Cassino abbey. Since April 2013,again in March 2015,and in this year too,the UK Post Office has altered it's Pricing in Proportion template,altering it's prices,weight allowances,dimensions and lowered it's qualifying compensation rates too! So,please contact seller,for correct, insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!

Stock number: rja770018. ISBN: 9781848325678.

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ALI**. MONICA:
LOVE MARRIAGE.

Imprint: LONDON.VIRAGO PRESS,February,2022.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.[Complete number line 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2.] FINE+/FINE+.Wrapped+ protected from day of issue/purchase,so no owner inscrptn and no price-clip to dw/dj.Bright, crisp,clean,matt,wrap-around white background with mustard-coloured irregular shaped panels with overlaid glossy,black-lined borders designed artwork and superimposed b/w separate male+female figures posed on black borders with black embossed author name+title and other printed black lettering to front panel of dw/dj, similar author+title lettering to similarly designed spine/backstrip,artwork design extended to rear panel with critics' reviews in black+ mustard-coloured lettering.Negligible shelf-wear,bumping,creasing to edges and corners – no nicks,tears or splits present.Top,lower and fore-edges all divided into 5 black line partioned segments of 4 colours pink,yellow, green and blue - starting and ending with pink,the other colours in between,and without blemish; contents bright,tight,clean,solid and sound – no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corner tips – pristine - unread,apart from my own collation.Publisher's bright,crisp,clean, sharp-cornered,original,plain black cloth boards with bright,crisp,impressed mustard-coloured lettering to spine/backstrip and immaculate/ clean blue-green paisley-esque style illustrated endpapers.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,1-499pp [paginated] includes story in un-numbered sections/chapters/segments; plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages,a dedication,and to the rear,credits,acknowledgements and 2pp blanks. Visually the exterior appearance is exceptional,and even internally,the book is also in an exceptional condition/state of presentation.It really is an exceptional copy for brightness and cleanliness. Yasmin Ghorami has a lot to be grateful for: a loving family,a fledgling career in medicine,and a charming,handsome fiancee,fellow doctor Joe Sangster.But as the wedding day draws closer and Yasmin's parents get to know Joe's firebrand feminist mother,both families must confront the unravelling of long-held secrets,lies and betrayals.As Yasmin dismantles her own assumptions about the people she holds most dear,she's also forced to ask herself what she really wants in a relationship and what a 'love marriage' actually means. Love Marriage is a story about who we are and how we love in today's Britain - with all the complications and contradictions of life,desire,marriage and family.What starts as a captivating social comedy develops into a heart-breaking and gripping story of two cultures,two families and two people trying to understand one another. This,her latest novel,became an instant Sunday Times bestseller.Her debut novel,'Brick Lane' (2003),was an epic saga about a Bangladeshi family living in the UK,and explores the British immigrant experience.It was shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize for Fiction,and made into a film, released in 2007.Her second novel, 'Alentejo Blue',set in Portugal,was published in 2006,and her third,'In the Kitchen' published in 2009.Her last novel 'Untold' was published in 2011. Please contact seller,for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas customers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! ** N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE. ** This item offered P+p included.Offer available UK only,unless indicated otherwise. ** ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always.

Stock number: rja105022. ISBN: 9780349015484.

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ALI**. MONICA:
LOVE MARRIAGE.

Imprint: LONDON.VIRAGO PRESS,February,2022.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.[Complete number line 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2.] FINE+/FINE+.Wrapped+ protected from day of issue/purchase,so no owner inscrptn and no price-clip to dw/dj.Bright, crisp,clean,matt,wrap-around white background with mustard-coloured irregular shaped panels with overlaid glossy,black-lined borders designed artwork and superimposed b/w separate male+female figures posed on black borders with black embossed author name+title and other printed black lettering to front panel of dw/dj, similar author+title lettering to similarly designed spine/backstrip,artwork design extended to rear panel with critics' reviews in black+ mustard-coloured lettering.Negligible shelf-wear,bumping,creasing to edges and corners – no nicks,tears or splits present.Top,lower and fore-edges all divided into 5 black line partioned segments of 4 colours pink,yellow, green and blue - starting and ending with pink,the other colours in between,and without blemish; contents bright,tight,clean,solid and sound – no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corner tips – pristine - unread,apart from my own collation.Publisher's bright,crisp,clean, sharp-cornered,original,plain black cloth boards with bright,crisp,impressed mustard-coloured lettering to spine/backstrip and immaculate/ clean blue-green paisley-esque style illustrated endpapers.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,1-499pp [paginated] includes story in un-numbered sections/chapters/segments; plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages,a dedication,and to the rear,credits,acknowledgements and 2pp blanks. Visually the exterior appearance is exceptional,and even internally,the book is also in an exceptional condition/state of presentation.It really is an exceptional copy for brightness and cleanliness. Yasmin Ghorami has a lot to be grateful for: a loving family,a fledgling career in medicine,and a charming,handsome fiancee,fellow doctor Joe Sangster.But as the wedding day draws closer and Yasmin's parents get to know Joe's firebrand feminist mother,both families must confront the unravelling of long-held secrets,lies and betrayals.As Yasmin dismantles her own assumptions about the people she holds most dear,she's also forced to ask herself what she really wants in a relationship and what a 'love marriage' actually means. Love Marriage is a story about who we are and how we love in today's Britain - with all the complications and contradictions of life,desire,marriage and family.What starts as a captivating social comedy develops into a heart-breaking and gripping story of two cultures,two families and two people trying to understand one another. This,her latest novel,became an instant Sunday Times bestseller.Her debut novel,'Brick Lane' (2003),was an epic saga about a Bangladeshi family living in the UK,and explores the British immigrant experience.It was shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize for Fiction,and made into a film, released in 2007.Her second novel, 'Alentejo Blue',set in Portugal,was published in 2006,and her third,'In the Kitchen' published in 2009.Her last novel 'Untold' was published in 2011. Please contact seller,for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas customers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! ** N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE. ** This item offered P+p included.Offer available UK only,unless indicated otherwise. ** ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always.

Stock number: rja105122. ISBN: 9780349015484.

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ALI, MONICA:
LOVE MARRIAGE.

Imprint: LONDON.VIRAGO PRESS,February,2022.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.[Complete number line 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2.] FINE+/FINE+.Wrapped + protected from day of issue/purchase,so no owner inscrptn and no price-clip to dw/dj.Bright, crisp,clean,matt wrap-around white background with mustard-coloured irregular shaped panels with overlaid glossy,black-lined borders design artwork and superimposed b/w separate male+ female figures posed on black borders with black embossed author name+title and other printed black lettering to front panel of dw/dj,similar author+title lettering to similarly designed spine/backstrip,artwork design extended to rear panel with critics' reviews in black+mustard-coloured lettering.Negligible shelf-wear, bumping,creasing to edges and corners – no nicks,tears or splits present.Top,lower and fore-edges all divided into 5 black line partioned segments of 4 colours pink,yellow, green and blue - starting and ending with pink other colours in between,and without blemish; contents bright,tight,clean,solid and sound – no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corner tips – pristine - unread,apart from my own collation.Publisher's bright,crisp,clean,sharp-cornered,original,plain black cloth boards with bright,crisp,impressed mustard-coloured lettering to spine/backstrip and immaculate/ clean blue-green paisley-esque style illustrated endpapers.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,1-499pp [paginated] includes story in un-numbered sections/chapters/segments; plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages,a dedication,and to the rear,credits,acknowledgements and 2pp blanks. Visually the exterior appearance is exceptional,and even internally,the book is also in an exceptional condition/state of presentation.It really is an exceptional,superb copy for brightness,cleanliness and lack of detracting faults. Yasmin Ghorami has a lot to be grateful for: a loving family,a fledgling career in medicine,and a charming,handsome fiancee,fellow doctor Joe Sangster.But as the wedding day draws closer and Yasmin's parents get to know Joe's firebrand feminist mother,both families must confront the unravelling of long-held secrets,lies and betrayals.As Yasmin dismantles her own assumptions about the people she holds most dear,she's also forced to ask herself what she really wants in a relationship and what a 'love marriage' actually means. Love Marriage is a story about who we are and how we love in today's Britain - with all the complications and contradictions of life,desire, marriage and family.What starts as a captivating social comedy develops into a heart-breaking and gripping story of two cultures,two families and two people trying to understand one another. This,her latest novel became an instant Sunday Times bestseller.Her debut novel,'Brick Lane' (2003),was an epic saga about a Bangladeshi family living in the UK,exploring the British immigrant experience.It was shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize for Fiction,and made into a film,released in 2007.Her second novel, 'Alentejo Blue',set in Portugal,was published in 2006,and her third,'In the Kitchen' published in 2009.Her last novel 'Untold' was published in 2011. Please contact seller,for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas customers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE. ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard US AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always. **

Stock number: rja1015122. ISBN: 9780349015484.

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ALI, MUHAMMAD with ALI, HANA YASMEEN:
The SOUL of a BUTTERFLY: Reflections on life's journey.

Imprint: LONDON.BANTAM PRESS,2005.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.[Complete number line 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2.] FINE/FINE.No owner inscrptn and no price-clip to dw/dj.Bright,crisp,clean, matt,subject's portrait colour photographic illustrated dw/dj,with gilt+b/w lettering; with negligible shelf- wear and creasing to edges and corners - no nicks or tears present.Both head+ foot of dw/djs' spine/backstrip minimally bumped with reciprocal creasing.Top+fore-edges generally bright and clean; contents bright, tight,clean - near pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corners,would appear unread apart from my own collation.Bright,crisp, clean,sharp-cornered,publisher's original plain black cloth boards with bright,crisp,blocked fluorescent gilt letters to spine/backstrip and immaculate plain grey endpapers.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj, 1st edn,xi-xxviipp+4-221pp [paginated] includes co-author note,subject's introduction,4 sections and a postscript,b/w contemporary b/w biographical photographs interspersed throughout the text and the book,and acknowledgements.Plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages,a dedication with b/w biographical photographic frntis to it's reverse,contents list/table,an epigram,(Sufi Wisdom)and advert for the Muhammad Ali Centre,Louisville,Kentucky and 4pp blanks at rear. Ali's reflections on topics ranging from moral courage to belief in God,to respect for those who differ from us,will inspire and enlighten all who read them.Written with the assistance of his daughter Hana. 'The Soul of a Butterfly' is a compassionate and heartfelt book that will provide comfort for our troubled times. Please contact seller,because of the lighter weight of this item,for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE. ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard US AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always. **

Stock number: rja564415. ISBN: 0593052498.

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ALLAN, JENNIFER LUCY:
The Foghorn's Lament - The Disappearing Music of the Coast.

Imprint: LONDON.WHITE RABBIT/an imprintof The Orion Publishing Group Ltd.,2021.
Edition: UK,small 8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,small 8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn. [Complete number line 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2.] FINE/FINE. No owner inscrptn and no price-clip to dw/dj.Bright, crisp,clean,matt,wrap-around seascape colour photographic illustrated dw/dj,with glossy pale green-lettered part-title and white lettered sub-title,capitalised glossy green/blue-lettered author name; and other white+pale green lettered review; spine/ backstrip with similarly coloured +lettered part title,glossy pale blue-lettered author name and publisher'scapitalised white-lettered+illustrated colophon to foot of same, rear panel with critics' white+pale green-lettered reviews.Negligible shelf-wear,bumping, creasing to edges and corners,head+foot of spine /backstrip minisculely bumped with reciprocaal creases – but no nicks,tears or splits present. Top edge colour tinted very pale yellow,fore-edges lightly toned(?) but clean without any foxing/spotting; contents bright,tight,clean, solid and sound - pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corner tips,appears unread,other than my own collation.Publisher's bright,crisp,clean,sharp-cornered,original plain navy blue cloth boards with bright,crisp,blocked gilt lettered spine/backstrip,a yellow headband,and immaculate plain yellow endpapers. UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,1-296pp [paginated] includes a Prologue,4 sections comprising 6,5,7 and 2 chapters respectively,an Epilogue,some contemporary b/w photographs and b/w diagrams interspersed throughout the text and the book, Acknowledgements,Illustration credits,Notes; plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages,an epigram,and a Contents list/table.                Visually the exterior appearance is exceptional,and particularly internally,the book is also in an exceptional condition/state of preservation and presentation.It really is an exceptional,exemplary example for its cleanliness and brightness and lack of detracting faults.                               What does the foghorn sound like? It sounds huge.It rattles. It rattles you.It is a booming, lonely sound echoing into the vastness of the sea.                                              When Jennifer Lucy Allan hears the foghorn's colossal bellow for the first time,it marks the beginning of an obsession and a journey deep into the history of a sound that has carved out the identity and the landscape of coastlines around the world,from Scotland to San Francisco.  Within its sound is a maritime history of shipwrecks and lighthouse keepers,the story and science of our industrial past,and urban myths relaying tales of foghorns in speaker stacks, blasting out for coastal raves.                  An odyssey told through the people who battled the sea and the sound,who lived with it and loathed it,and one woman's intrepid voyage through the howling loneliness of nature.Part memoir,part travelogue,part history of the foghorn: a uniquely ambitious new kind of nature book. Please contact seller,because of the lighter weight of this item,for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! N.B. ALL buyers please note,that stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE.    ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of any inexpensive book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard US AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always. **

Stock number: rja1080823. ISBN: 9781474615037.

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ALLAN, ANGUS P - Edited by:
TONY BLACKBURN POP SPECIAL 2.

Imprint: LONDON.ATLAS PUBLISHING CO. LTD.,n.d but circa 1969/70.
Edition: UK,slim Qrto HB,no dw/dj,as issued,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , No dw/dj - as issued.
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,slim Qrto HB,no dw/dj - as issued,1st edn. FINE+. No owner inscrptn and no price removal (10/6) from front free endpaper.Exceptionally bright,crisp,clean,repeated vibrant colour pictorial artwork (Blackburn's smiling portrait,wearing yellow roll-neck jumper) and multi-cloured spiral around him with black line illustrated other pop artists within the spiral, glossy,illustrated paper-covered boards with black,orange+yellow lettering,black lettered white spine,rear cover repeated design of front cover; with negligible shelf-wear,bumping, creasing to edges and corners - no nicks,tears or splits present - complete with no loss,front cover's corners gently pushed inwards others sharp and unaffected.Top+fore-edges inevitably but lightly aged/toned; contents bright,tight, clean,solid and sound - near pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corner tips would appear unread apart from my own collation. Subject's colour photographic portrait illustrated front endpapers,rear endpapers with subject's b/w portrait photographs.UK,slim Qrto HB,no dw/dj,as issued,1st edn,5-76pp [paginated] includes profuse monochrome+colour photographs of numerous Britsh and American 'swinging sixties' pop artists with accompanying articles, a competition to win Blackburn's monogrammed cuff-links - entries to be in by March 1970.A really exceptional example in a remarkable state of preervation notwithstanding the book's age! No publication date,but suspect published Autumn 1969 for Christmas market 1970,as competition page within the annual requires entries to be in by March 1970. Please contact seller,for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas customers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included or postage FREE. ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to theses destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard US AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always. **

Stock number: rja956821. ISBN: No ISBN.

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ALLAN, ANGUS P - Edited by:
TV COMIC ANNUAL [undated - circa 1954.]

Imprint: LONDON.BEAVERBROOK NEWSPAPERS LTD., [n.d,circa 1954.]
Edition: UK,slim Qrto HB,no dw/dj - as issued,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , No dw/dj - as issued.
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,slim Qrto HB,no dw/dj - as issued,1st edn.VG+.No owner inscrptn and no price-clip (7/6) to front free endpaper.Bright, clean with minimal blemish,vibrant coour pictorial cartoon-esque artwork illustrated glossy,paper-covered card boards; front cover with children's various contemporary TV show's characters jumping out of a television - Lenny the Lion,Muffin the Mule,Larry the Lamb,Bengo, Paki (an elephant),Bom the Drummer and Billy Bean - in front of a seated boy and girl with Coco the Clown stood beside them,white-outlined red letters part title and yellow Annual word with its capital initial 'A' inked over,red cloth blind spine,rear cover with dice+counter board game with cadbury chocolate advert. Negligible shelf-wear to edges and all corner tips bumped with rubbing and reciprocal loss to same - no nicks,tears or splits present.Top +fore-edges lightly aged/toned - as usual/normal - contents bright,tight, clean.solid and sound.UK, slim Qrto HB,no dw/dj - as issued,1st edn, 5-93pp [paginated] includes assorted character colour cartoon strips: - Bengo (3),Lochy (2),Lenny the Lion (2),Bom (2),Miss Muff-it (2),Sheriff Big. E. Nuff (2),Coco the Clown (1) and another 2 strips, and colour illustrated stories of Paki (2) and Billy Bean (1) - told+ illustrated by Tony Hart,Muffin the Mule (2) and Jimmy's Jungle Special - all by Neville Main,Larry the Lamb (2),and 4 other stories.Also included Christmas carols' word+music illustrated front+rear endpapers,a colour illustrated Lenny's year Calendar in centre of book,a double-page dice+counter game and as last pages,4 untouched puzzles and a maze puzzle which has been completed. Illustrated text stories and comic strips - of note - Bom the Drummer is an Enid Blyton creation. Please contact seller,for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas customers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! ** N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch, especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE. That offer available UK only,unless indicated otherwise. ** This item offered P+p included. Available UK only. ** ** N.B. US customers please be aware: US Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to USA can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard US AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always.

Stock number: rja956921. ISBN: No ISBN.

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ALLAWAY, JIM:
HERO OF THE UPHOLDER: THE STORY OF LIEUTENANT COMMANDER M.D WANKLYN VC,DSO - THE ROYAL NAVY'S TOP SUBMARINE ACE.

Imprint: UK.SHREWSBURY,SHROPSHIRE (SALOP).AIRLIFE PUBLISHING LTD.,1991.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.FINE+/FINE.No owner inscrptn and no price-clip to dw/dj.Bright, crisp,clean,glossy laminated, subject's colour portrait painting illustrated upper panel and boat's (HMS Upholder) plaque/ crest,illustrated rear panel,with white+ brown lettering; with negligible shelf-wear and creasing to edges and corners - no nicks or tears present.Some inevitable,but light,superficial scoring/indents to dw/dj - nothing excessive.Top+fore-edges bright and clean; contents bright,tight,clean and near pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corners - appears unread. Bright,crisp,clean,sharp-cornered, publisher's original,plain black cloth boards with bright,crisp,blocked gilt letters to spine/backstrip and immaculate plain white endpapers.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,8-191pp [paginated] includes author's preface and acknowledgements,30 chapters, 16pp of contemporary b/w maps (2)+ b/w photographs in 1 block,between pp96/7, appendices(2),a bibliography,source references and an index.Plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages,contents list/table and a foreword (by Admiral of the Fleet Lord Fieldhouse of Gosport GCB,GBE - Flag Officer Submarines, 1976-78). 'His loss affected me more than any other incident I can recall during the war.' Thus Vice-Admiral Sir Arthur Hezlet would write of Lieutenant Commander David Wanklyn,the Royal Navy's top submarine ace. The VC and three DSOs awarded to Wanklyn make him the most highly decorated Royal Navy hero of the Second World War - yet he remains one of the least known.Only within the Submarine Service dies his legend continue to burn bright and its latest class of submarines has been named after his most celebrated command,HMS Upholder. The original Upholder was lost with all hands off Tripoli in April 1942 after a brilliant career. The Royal Navy's submarines' efforts in starving Rommel's supply lines across the Mediterranean to North Africa was one of the most telling factors in the Allies' victory in the Western Desert.HMS Upholder was pre-eminent in this campaign and her commanding officer was by common consent the lode-star followed by the submarine skippers of the Malta-based Tenth Flotilla. Here for the first time is an attempt to explore the enigma of one of the Submarine Service's best-loved and most elusive personalities.It is also the story of his men,of the close-knit family whose confidence in him never wavered,despite the disappointments of the early patrols that actually led his superiors to wonder whether he could be kept in command; through the long series of spectacular successes that took him to the front rank of the aces; and on to the very end when they joined the sad Roll of Honour of those still on patrol. Want more Victoria Cross-related titles? Please search my SIGNED,NAVAL/MILITARY, GENERAL and BIOGRAPHY catalogues - using keywords: Victoria Cross_VC. Please contact seller,because of the lighter weight and the value of this item, for correct,insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! ** N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch, especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE. ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always.

Stock number: rja524215. ISBN: 1853102180.

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AlLDERNEY, Lord STANLEY of:
Sea Peace.

Imprint: LONDON.PETER DAVIES,1954.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.VG./VG-.No owner inscrptn,and no price-clip to dw/dj.Colour pictorial illustrated upper wrap,b/w author portrait photographic rear wrap; with negligible shelf-wear and creasing to edges and corners with light chipping to same - couple of small nicks to rear, lower edge.Head of spine/backstrip chipped and minimally rubbed with some miniscule loss,very lightly affecting 'S' of Sea in title,whilst foot of same minisculely chipped with reciprocal loss.Top edge slightly aged/darkened,fore-edges brighter and therefore less aged; contents bright, tight and clean - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corners.Bright, clean,publisher's original,plain blue cloth bds with stamped blue ink letters to spine/backstrip and b/w yacht journey maps illustrated eps.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,v-ixpp+2-157pp [paginated] includes dedication poem to Roger Chetwode,contents +illus lists/tables,7 chapters,6 b/w contemporary photographs of owned yachts/ boats - 3 by Beken,2 b/w map charts interspersed throughout the text and the book; plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages,and b/w author portrait photographic frntis. Lord Stanley is a cruising yachtsman of the classic type; very much of an individualist,ready to sail single-handed if need be,or with a good crew,or with a congenial companion,if such were available.In either case he sought for,and generally found,as the title implies,a kind of peace at sea - whatever the weather - which cruising men the world over recognise as the very essence of the sport.Lord Stanley bought,sold and even re-bought,a number of craft of different rig and displacement,and,in these lively pages,records his experiences in sailing them to Irish and Scottish waters,to the Baltic,to France and Spain.There are no disasters; foul weather conditions are not exaggerated,nor fair weather conditions excessively idealised; the pleasure,or what may be called the whole point of this kind of sailing,is admirably captured. Good times are had ashore,indicating that the author was not of those who take their pleasure sadly; nor is the provocative comment a rarity,whether on life afloat or on life in general. Photographs of the various boats,and charts of the courses sailed,are included by way of illustration,and combine with the text to make 'Sea Peace' a deeply satisfying book for all cruising yachtsmen.Book is now out-of-print,as publisher folded in 1985. Please contact seller,for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!

Stock number: rja29798. ISBN: No ISBN.

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ALLEN, GRANT:
An ARMY DOCTOR'S Romance: "BREEZY LIBRARY",No 3.

Imprint: LONDON.RAPHAEL TUCK & SONS,[1894].
Edition: UK,12mo,pictorial card wraps,1st edn.
Binding: Original wraps.
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,12mo card wraps,1st edn [nd but 1894]. VG+.Neat,ink owner name to verso of upper wrap.Minimal shelf-wear,creasing or bumping due to protective,amateur,home- made,plain brown paper dw/dj.Embossed colour pictorial,chromolithographic upper wrap and a plain rear wrap which is slightly grubbed and marked,slightly darkened/aged cloth spine/backstrip.The previous owner made an amateurish brown paper dw/dj to cover the original bds; this has helped to keep the book cleaner than normal - but a grease spot has bled through to the card wraps leaving 2 small circular spots to upper wrap.Top+fore- edges aged/darkened as usual/normal, contents bright,tight and clean; apart from verso of title page and recto of pp1 which both have offset foxing,from the card,colour oleograph ? [by Fred Hines ?] inserted between them.12mo (7.20" tall x approx 4.75"),1-109pp+3pp,[unpaginated], publisher's adverts to rear includes b/w photographic author portrait,b/w lettered title page,colour oleograph and six b/w engravings by Harry Payne. The "Breezy Library" is an attempt to dissociate a shilling from a shocker, and to supply rather a series of "Shilling Soothers",especially in the matter of paper,print,and cover.The book,in fact, will be as much a work of art as the story.Very, very SCARCE due to its emphemeral nature. Romantic novelette set in Matabeleland, South Africa pre-1894.A Victorian tale of derring do and two men's love for the same woman! Please contact seller,because of the lighter weight and value of this item, for correct,insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!

Stock number: rja1202. ISBN: No ISBN.

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ALLEN**, DAVID RAYVERN:
ARLOTT: THE AUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY.

Imprint: LONDON.HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS1994.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.[Complete number line 1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2.] FINE/FINE.No owner inscrptn, but price-clip to dw/dj.Bright,crisp,clean, glossy, monochrome subject's portrait photographic illustrated dw/dj,with white,white with gilt-edging and yellow lettering; with negligible shelf-wear and creasing to edges and corners - no nicks or tears present.Head of spine/backstrip of both dw/dj+boards minisculely bumped with reciprocal creasing,and the majority of the light creasing is to the top edges of dw/dj.Top+fore-edges bright and generally clean; contents bright,tight,clean,solid and sound - virtually pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corner tips - would appear unread? Publisher's bright,crisp,clean,sharp-cornered, original,plain black cloth boards with bright, crisp,blocked gilt letters to spine/ backstrip,a brown(?)+white striped headband and immaculate plain white endpapers.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn, viii-xivpp+2-392pp [paginated] includes contents list/table,illustrations list/table, acknowledgements,author's preface,26 chapters, 24pp of contemporary,biographical b/w photographs in 3 blocks of 8pp apiece,between pp110/11,pp206/7 and pp302/3 respectively, appendices (A-E),a bibliography and an index. Plus [unpaginated] 2pp blanks,half-title+title pages,a dedication,a separator title page and 6pp blanks at rear. John Arlott's talents embraced poetry, journalism,broadcasting,wine and politics, but he will always be remembered for the genius he brought to his cricket commentaries; his rich Hampshire burr,imaginative turn of phrase and ability to bring to life the characters of the game made him a broadcasting legend. As a policeman in wartime Southampton, John Arlott excercised the instinctive powers of observation that fuelled so much of his writing. As a tyro poet,he was encouraged by John Betjeman; as a literary programmes producer at the BBC,he worked closely with E.M. Forster.His first cricket broadcast took place in 1946 ('You have a vulgar voice,but an interesting mind' was the assessment of his BBC boss),and it was not long before he became the commentator most highly esteemed by players and public alike. Before he died in 1991,Arlott gave David Rayvern Allen his blessing: 'There is no one in the world I would sooner have write my biography than you.' With ready access to friends,family and former colleagues,and drawing on a friendship of over twenty years,the author describes the life of a very private man who, though well known to nearly everyone,was yet unknown to all but a few. Arlott's family life,personal enthusiasms, friendships,political beliefs and extempore skills as a cricket commentator ('he approaches the wicket like Groucho Marx chasing a pretty waitress'): all are part of this warm and affectionate biography of one of the greatest radio broadcasters, whose distinctive voice came to epitomise the very sound of an English summer. Please contact seller,because of the weight (in excess of 1Kg when packaged) of this item,for correct,insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included or FREE. ** N.B. US/CANADA customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always. **

Stock number: rja537715. ISBN: 0246138254.

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ALLEN**, DAVID RAYVERN:
JIM: The Life of E. W. Swanton.

Imprint: LONDON.AURUM PRESS LTD.,2004.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.[Complete number line 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2.] FINE/FINE.No owner inscrptn and no price-clip to dw/dj.Bright,crisp,clean, matt,subject's b/w portrait photographic illustrated dw/dj panels with white lettering to front+ spine; with negligible shelf-wear or creasing to edges and corners - no nicks or tears present.Top+fore-edges bright and clean; contents bright,tight,clean,solid and sound - pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corner tips,would appear unread - apart from my own collation.Publisher's bright,crisp, clean,sharp-cornered,original plain black cloth boards with bright,crisp,blocked gilt letters to spine/backstrip and immaculate speckled grey endpapers.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,2-354pp [paginated] includes 11 chapters and an envoi, 16pp contemporary b/w auto+biographical photographs in 2 blocks of 8pp apiece, between pp118/9 and pp246/7 respectively, acknowledgements,a bibliography,E.W.S's publications,an index,plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages,a dedication,a contents list/ table,a title separator page and 4pp blanks at the rear of the book. A fascinating book and a piece of memorabilia that would make a fine addition to any library or collection. The death of E.W. Swanton in January 2000,at the age of 92,brought to an end a remarkable life that spanned,and in many ways summed up, almost the whole of the 20th century.He was best known as the doyen of cricket correspondents, reporting for the Daily Telegraph,editing "The Cricketer" magazine,summarising the day's play for "Test Match Special" in his mellifluous baritone,and publishing over 20 books. But there was much more to him. Captured in the fall of Singapore,he spent several years as a prisoner of the Japanese on the notorious Burma-Siam railway - a savage experience during which he embraced a lifelong Christian faith.He was an outspoken critic of the cricket establishment's appeasement of apartheid South Africa.He seemed to know everyone among the great and the good,from prime ministers to governors-general,in every country he visited.He is even supposed to have watched the great W.G. Grace play - from his pram.A confirmed bachelor until the age of 50,he then enjoyed 40 years of happy marriage.Some thought him arrogant,even snobbish ("He is quite prepared",went the joke,"to travel in the same car as his chauffeur"),but countless others,from young cricketers whom he encouraged to local people in his home county of Kent whom he helped in times of trouble,testified to his limitless generosity.For all his grandness and dignity,to everyone who knew him he was simply,"Jim". Please contact seller,because of the weight/value of this item for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE.    ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence, then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard US AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always. **

Stock number: rja743417. ISBN: 1854109006.

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ALLEN, JAMES:
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER: the edge of greatness.

Imprint: LONDON.HEADLINE PUBLISHING GROUP,2007.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.[Complete number line 1.] FINE/FINE.Familial gift presentation inscrptn in black ink,to top corner of ffe and no price-clip (£18.99) to dw/dj.Bright,crisp,clean,matt,subject's portrait colour photographic illustrated dw/dj,with white+yellow lettering; with negligible shelf-wear and creasing to edges and corners - no nicks or tears present.Top+fore-edges bright and clean; contents bright,tight,clean - pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corners,appears unread - apart from my own collation.Bright,crisp,clean,sharp-cornered,publisher's original,plain maroon cloth boards with bright,crisp,stamped silver gilt letters to spine/backstrip and immaculate plain white endpapers.UK,8vo HB +dw/dj,1st edn,1-308pp [paginated] includes author's introduction,20 chapters,16pp contemporary autobiographical colour photographs in 2 blocks of 8pp apiece,between pp86/7 and pp214/15 respectively,career statistics and an index; plus [unpaginated] half- title+title pages,a dedication, acknowledgements and 2pp blanks at the rear of the book. From an ordinary background,Michael Schumacher went on to achieve the extraordinary: not only a record 91 Grand Prix victories and seven world championships,but the regeneration of Ferrari,motorsport's most legendary brand. Yet success came at a price.His and his team's mentality was always to push everything to the limit,but sometimes that pursuit of perfection took them beyond the limit - with disastrous results for Schumacher's image. With co-operation from the Schumacher camp and from Ferrari,'The Edge of Greatness' uncovers the factors that drove Michael Schumacher to become the man he is today (then 2007).Confronting some of the biggest names in the sport as well as the vital people behind the scenes,James Allen pieces together a picture of a straightforward man with exceptional talent,a man with two contrasting sides: brutal to his adversaries,generous to those close to him.And a man whose competitive ambition seemed to dominate himself and those around him. Shumacher's retirement in 2006 left many questions unanswered about his character and his methods.Frank,honest,adroit and in-depth - in 'The Edge of Greatness' Allen answers these questions and reveals the anatomy of a champion. Since April 2013,again in March 2015,and in this year too,the UK Post Office has altered it's Pricing in Proportion template,altering its prices,weight allowances,dimensions and lowered its qualifying compensation rates too! So,please contact seller,for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the page!

Stock number: rja610616. ISBN: 9780755316496.

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ALLEN**.D.F.C., MICHAEL:
PURSUIT THROUGH DARKENED SKIES - an ace night-fighter crew in World War II.[Author SIGNED copy.]**

Imprint: UK.SHREWSBURY,AIRLIFE PUBLISHING LTD.,1999.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,SIGNED,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Lengthy dedication+SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,author SIGNED+warm dedication,1st edn.NFINE/NFINE.No owner inscrptn but author's neat blue ink lengthy dedication to half-title page,and no price-clip to dw/dj.The dedication reads as follows: "For Alex Kimbell - who served in the Army Air Corps as a pilot, and saw active service in Oman (?) also (?) has written a book entitled 'THINK LIKE A BIRD'. It is a book for pilots,and I think it should be on every young pilot's bookshelf.Would to God I could have been one of them. . . . But then,if things had worked out like that,I should never have met Harry White - and this book would never have been written. . . . Michael Allen.3rd OCTOBER 2000." Bright, crisp,clean,glossy laminated,colour photographic illustrated dw/dj; with negligible shelf-wear to edges and corners - no major nicks or tears present.Top edge very lightly dust-soiled with minimal marking; fore-edge bright and clean; contents bright,tight and clean.Bright, clean,publisher's original dark blue cloth bds with bright,crisp,stamped gilt letters to spine/backstrip,plain white eps.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,SIGNED,1st edn,vii-xiipp+2-347pp [paginated] includes acknowledgements,b/w Sqdn emblem,foreword,9 chapters,profuse contemporary b/w photographs throughout the text and the book,an epilogue, appendices (4],a biblio and an index; plus [unpaginated] author SIGNED+dedicated half -title page,title page,a dedication,a contents list/table and 6pp blanks to rear. When Michael Allen 'crewed up' with Harry White in August,1941,it was the start of a four-year partnership as navigator and pilot respectively; together they formed one of the RAF's top-scoring night-fighter crews of World War II.Known in the night-fighter world as 'Mike Allen',his job was to operate the primitive airborne interception equipment (AI) and guide Harry 'through darkened skies' until his pilot could see the enemy aircraft ahead of them. Their early experiences of night fighting were in the defensive role,patrolling the coastlines of Kent and Sussex in a Douglas Havoc equipped with the little-known and cumbersome searchlight system called Turbinlite.When the Turbinlite squadrons were disbanded they were posted to No 141 Squadron flying the RAF's first purpose-designed night-fighter,the Bristol Beaufighter. At this time,June 1943,the Squadron - under its legendary CO,Wing Commander 'Bob' Braham - was pioneering a new tactic designed to support the heavy night raids being carried out by Bomber Command.The plan was to send British night-fighter out over Germany and Occupied Europe,to find and destroy German night-fighters.Carrying out the first high-level bomber support operations,the task of the Squadron was to mix with the bomber stream,patrol the target area and seek out the defending Messerschmitt Bf 110s and Junkers 88s.The operation was code-named SERRATE and the secret of its early success lay in a homing device that enabled the 141 Squadron navigators to detect the emission signals of the German airborne radar equipment used by their night-fighters.The five months of pioneering work by the crews of 141,and the ensuing months up to May 1945 are covered in fascinating detail. This book relates an absorbing account of the little-known Bomber Support operations,interwoven with the strong bonds that wartime comradeship creates; above all it reveals the bravery and resolution of Britain's World War II night-fighter crews. See also rja790518 for another SIGNED,but different dedicatee [Derek Alan Rogers], copy of same item as this.Further,see also rja425412,for another unrelated but SIGNED+dedicated,1st edn copy,but to a different dedicatee,recipient [Clifford Hands.]. Please contact seller,because of the weight and value of this item,for correct, insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!

Stock number: rja35079. ISBN: 1840370831.

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ALLEN**.D.F.C., MICHAEL:
PURSUIT THROUGH DARKENED SKIES - an ace night-fighter crew in World War II.** [Author SIGNED copy.]**

Imprint: UK.SHREWSBURY,AIRLIFE PUBLISHING LTD.,1999.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,SIGNED,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Dedicated + lengthy inscrptn.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,author SIGNED+warm dedication,1st edn.NFINE/NFINE.No owner inscrptn but author's neat blue ink lengthy dedication to half-title page,and no price-clip to dw/dj.The dedication reads as follows: "For Clifford Hands - our good friend from 'Mothercombe days' - who has always taken an interest in military avaiation history.I hope he will enjoy this account of night fighter operations over Europe in WWII.From one former aviator to another. Michael Allen 16th October 1999.' Bright,crisp,clean, glossy laminated,colour photographic illustrated dw/dj,with minimal shelf-wear to edges and corners - no major nicks or tears present.Both head+foot of spine/ backstrip minimally bumped with reciprocal creasing.Top+fore-edges bright and clean; contents bright,tight and clean - no dog- ear reading creases to any pages' corners - an unread copy? Bright,clean,publisher's original dark blue cloth bds with bright, crisp,stamped gilt letters to spine/ backstrip,and immaculate plain white eps. UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,SIGNED,1st edn,vii-xiipp+2 -347pp [paginated] includes acknowledgements,b/w Sqdn emblem,foreword, 9 chapters,profuse contemporary b/w photographs throughout the text and the book,an epilogue,appendices (4],a biblio and an index; plus [unpaginated],author SIGNED+dedicated half-title page,title page,a dedication,contents list/table and 6pp blanks to rear. When Michael Allen 'crewed up' with Harry White in August,1941,it was the start of a four-year partnership as navigator and pilot respectively; together they formed one of the RAF's top-scoring night-fighter crews of World War II.Known in the night-fighter world as 'Mike Allen',his job was to operate the primitive airborne interception equipment (AI) and guide Harry 'through darkened skies' until his pilot could see the enemy aircraft ahead of them. Their early experiences of night fighting were in the defensive role,patrolling the coastlines of Kent and Sussex in a Douglas Havoc equipped with the little-known and cumbersome searchlight system called Turbinlite.When the Turbinlite squadrons were disbanded they were posted to No 141 Squadron flying the RAF's first purpose-designed night-fighter,the Bristol Beaufighter. At this time,June 1943,the Squadron - under its legendary CO,Wing Commander 'Bob' Braham - was pioneering a new tactic designed to support the heavy night raids being carried out by Bomber Command.The plan was to send British night-fighter out over Germany and Occupied Europe,to find and destroy German night-fighters.Carrying out the first high-level bomber support operations,the task of the Squadron was to mix with the bomber stream,patrol the target area and seek out the defending Messerschmitt Bf 110s and Junkers 88s.The operation was code-named SERRATE and the secret of its early success lay in a homing device that enabled the 141 Squadron navigators to detect the emission signals of the German airborne radar equipment used by their night-fighters.The five months of pioneering work by the crews of 141,and the ensuing months up to May 1945 are covered in fascinating detail. This book relates an absorbing account of the little-known Bomber Support operations,interwoven with the strong bonds that wartime comradeship creates; above all it reveals the bravery and resolution of Britain's World War II night-fighter crews. See also rja790518 for another SIGNED,but different dedicatee [Derek Alan Rogers], copy of same item as this.Further,see also rja35079,for another unrelated SIGNED+ dedicated,1st edn copy,but to a different dedicatee,recipient [Alex Kimbell]. Kimbell]. For another but different association copy to Clifford Hands - see book ID rja425512 - Don L. Brown's MILES AIRCRAFT since 1925,(UK) 8vo HB+dw/dj,author SIGNED 1st edn,along with Company's founders brothers' SIGNED dedications too. Please contact seller,because of the weight and value of this item,for correct, insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!

Stock number: rja425412. ISBN: 1840370831.

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ALLEN**,D.F.C., MICHAEL:
PURSUIT THROUGH DARKENED SKIES - an ace night-fighter crew in World War II.** [Author SIGNED copy.**]

Imprint: UK.SHREWSBURY,AIRLIFE PUBLISHING LTD.,1999.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/ dj,SIGNED,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Warmly dedicated+SIGNED by author.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,author SIGNED+warm dedication, 1st edn.FINE/FINE.No owner inscrptn but author's neat blue ink lengthy dedication to half-title page,and no price-clip to dw/dj.The dedication reads as follows: "For Derek Alan Rogers - with all good wishes. I hope he will enjoy this story of night fighter operations during WWII,in the vivid night skies over Europe , , , , Michael Allen.12th NOVEMBER 1999." Bright,crisp, clean, glossy laminated,colour photographic illustrated dw/dj; with negligible shelf-wear to edges and corners - no major nicks or tears present.Top edge very lightly dust-soiled with minimal marking; fore-edge similar but both are bright and clean; contents bright,tight and clean. Bright,clean,publisher's original dark blue cloth boards with bright,crisp,blocked gilt letters to spine/backstrip,plain white endpapers.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,SIGNED,1st edn,vii-xiipp+2-347pp [paginated] includes acknowledgements,b/w Sqdn emblem,a foreword,9 chapters,profuse contemporary b/w photographs throughout the text and the book,an epilogue, appendices (4],biblio and an index; plus [unpaginated] author SIGNED+dedicated half-title page,title page,a dedication,contents list/table and 6pp blanks to rear. When Michael Allen 'crewed up' with Harry White in August,1941,it was the start of a four-year partnership as navigator and pilot respectively; together they formed one of the RAF's top-scoring night-fighter crews of World War II. Known in the night-fighter world as 'Mike Allen',his job was to operate the primitive airborne interception equipment (AI) and guide Harry 'through darkened skies' until his pilot could see the enemy aircraft ahead of them. Their early experiences of night fighting were in the defensive role,patrolling the coastlines of Kent and Sussex in a Douglas Havoc equipped with the little-known and cumbersome searchlight system called Turbinlite.When the Turbinlite squadrons were disbanded they were posted to No 141 Squadron flying the RAF's first purpose-designed night-fighter,the Bristol Beaufighter. At this time,June 1943,the Squadron - under its legendary CO,Wing Commander 'Bob' Braham - was pioneering a new tactic designed to support the heavy night raids being carried out by Bomber Command.The plan was to send British night-fighter out over Germany and Occupied Europe,to find and destroy German night-fighters.Carrying out the first high-level bomber support operations,the task of the Squadron was to mix with the bomber stream,patrol the target area and seek out the defending Messerschmitt Bf 110s and Junkers 88s.The operation was code-named SERRATE and the secret of its early success lay in a homing device that enabled the 141 Squadron navigators to detect the emission signals of the German airborne radar equipment used by their night-fighters.The five months of pioneering work by the crews of 141,and the ensuing months up to May 1945 are covered in fascinating detail. This book relates an absorbing account of the little-known Bomber Support operations,interwoven with the strong bonds that wartime comradeship creates; above all it reveals the bravery and resolution of Britain's World War II night-fighter crews. See also rja425412 for another SIGNED,but different dedicatee [Clifford Hands],copy of same item as this.Further,see also rja35079,for another unrelated but also SIGNED+dedicated,1st edn copy,but to a different dedicatee,recipient [Alex Kimbell]. Please contact seller,because of the weight and value of this item,for correct,insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! ** N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE. ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always.

Stock number: rja790518. ISBN: 1840370831.

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ALLEN, JOHN:
THE HISTORY OF THE BOROUGH OF LISKEARD.

Imprint: UK.MARAZION,CORNWALL.WORDENS of CORNWALL,c1967.
Edition: UK,Demy 8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn thus.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,Demy Octavo HB+dw/dj,1st edn thus. [Originally published 1856 and now this edn; edited+revised by Councillor William H. Paynter,M.S.A. Liskeard Borough Archivist and this publication financed by the Borough Council - c1967.] VG/VG.No owner inscrptn,and no price-clip to dw/dj. B/w,contemporary illus [of Old Market House,Guildhall+Town Clock 1856,taken from b/w plate in book),partial illustrated upper wrap with blue letters,black ink printed letters to spine/backstrip and a lightly grubbed/marked,plain white rear wrap.Some minimal shelf-wear and creasing to bottom edges with light rubbing and minimal loss to bottom corners and foot of spine/backstrip.Top edges negligibly creased with some minimal chipping to head of spine/backstrip.Top edge slightly dust-soiled,fore-edge thumbed,page contents bright,tight and clean. Publisher's original,plain black cloth boards,both of which appear partially mottled(damp?) with bright,crisp,stamped gilt letters to spine/backstrip and generally clean plain white eps with some light marking to pastedown edges.Described hard but fair and doesn't look as distressed a copy as it sounds.UK,Demy 8vo,9-160pp includes title+half-title pages,contents+illus lists,editor preface, Borough's Mayor foreword,8pp of mixture of b/w contemporary illus/photographs and a map. ALLEN'S famous History of Liskeard first published over a century ago (then 1967), contained a wealth of information about this ancient Cornish borough.There are few copies of 'Allen' still in existence but the request for a new edition has been exceptional and to satisfy this popular demand the borough council has financed the cost of this historical work.It is a book that will appeal not only to students interested in local government history but to those who want to know more about the antiquities and folklore of the area and again to those over the years,who have wanted to possess the history of a proud and ancient borough.An acceptable copy of a scarce, local history title/edn. Please contact seller,because of the value of this item,for correct,insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!

Stock number: rja627. ISBN: No ISBN.

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ALLEN, CECIL.J - ed by:
TRAINS ANNUAL,1955.

Imprint: LONDON.IAN ALLAN,1955.
Edition: UK,8vo HB,no dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB,no dw/dj,1st edn.VG+.No owner inscrptn.Maroon paper-covered boards, silver gilt letters to upper bd and spine/ backstrip.Boards slightly bowed,fore-edges slightly aged.Plain eps,profuse b/w line illus and b/w photographs some of which have captions underlined in ink.There are also 3 double-spread colour plates by Ward,"Royal Scot" passing "Duchess of Buccleuch" with "Patriot" class "Private E.Sykes,VC".,a "West Country" class Pacific,"Tavistock" leaving Ocean Terminal at Southampton; and "Cornish Riviera Express" coming off Saltash Bridge headed by Rougement Castle.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,112pp.Various articles by various contributors: The South Devon Main Line, the Battle of Fraser Canyon,Canada; last Main line into London(LNR),modern US passenger travel; engines that were never built,linking Somerset with Dorset,along the North Wales coast,the origin of the wide firebox and "Down Under" in New Zealand. Please contact seller,because of the lighter weight and the value of this item, for correct,insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!

Stock number: rja1117. ISBN: No ISBN.

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ALLEN, WALTER - Selected by with intro:
TRANSATLANTIC CROSSING - American Visitors to Britain and British Visitors to America in the Nineteenth Century.

Imprint: LONDON.HEINEMANN,1971.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+protected dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+protected dw/dj,1st edn. NFINE/NFINE.No owner inscrptn,and no price -clip to dw/dj.8vo,332pp. The Americans and the British have been scrutinising each other for over 300 years,and in this anthology,the author draws upon the findings of some 40 travellers,travelling in either direction. Amongst writers quoted are Fenimore Cooper, Emerson, Hawthorne, Henry James, Henry Adams, Marryatt Dickens, Thackeray, the Trollopes, Stevenson, Arnold and Wilde.The book reveals the stereo-types each has of the other. Please contact seller,because of the weight/value of this item,for correct, insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!

Stock number: rja345.

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ALLENDE**, ISABEL:
Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses.

Imprint: LONDON.FLAMINGO/HARPER COLLINS,1998.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.[Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden.] FINE/NFINE.No owner inscrptn,no price-clip to dw/dj.Bright, clean,colour photographic illustrated dw/dj; with negligible shelf-wear to edges and corners - no nicks or tears present - and minimal creasing to top edges.Both head+foot of spine/ backstrip are minisculely bumped with reciprocal creasing.Top+fore-edges bright and clean; contents bright,tight and near pristine.Sharp-cornered,bright,clean,publisher's original,plain green cloth boards with bright,crisp,blocked gilt letters to spine/backstrip and immaculate green endpapers.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,10-315pp [paginated] includes introduction,profuse colour illustrations by Robert Shekter throughout the text and the book; along with colour,oval vignette article headpieces and colour pictorial tailpieces also. Aphrodisiac recipes with commentaries by Panchita Llona includes: sauces (the saucy way to foreplay),hors d'oeuvres (first tickles and nibbles),soups (heating up),appetizers,(amorous games,leaf by leaf,kiss by kiss),main courses (Kama- Sutra . . . . well,more or less),desserts (the happy ending),plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages,quotation,2pp art credits list and 2pp blanks to rear. 'I cannot separate eroticism from food..... hence the idea for the book,a mapless journey through the regions of sensual memory,in which the boundaries between love and appetite are so diffuse that at times they evaporate completely.' Encompassing a multicultural history of seduction through food,ancient and modern stories about sex and eating,titillating recipes (try marraqueta,a wickedly-shaped Chilean bread, a failsafe aphrodisiac Polynesian stew,and Reconciliation Soup,guaranteed to restore peace between lovers] and tantalising revelations of the author's own sensual odyssey,it is the author's fascinating guide to all things erotic - and edible. Please contact seller for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! ** N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE. ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always.

Stock number: rja409112. ISBN: 0002559366.

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ALLENDE**, ISABEL:
Forest of the Pygmies. [Book 3.]

Imprint: LONDON.FOURTH ESTATE/HarperCollinsPublishers,2005.
Edition: UK,slim 12mo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,slim 12mo HB+dw/dj,1st edn. [Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden.Complete number line 1.] FINE/FINE. No owner inscrptn and no price-clip to dw/dj.Bright,crisp,clean,matt, monochrome photographic illustrated dw/dj panels with b/w lettering; with negligible shelf-wear or creasing to edges and corners - no nicks or tears present.Top+fore-edges both slightly aged/toned; top edge with sporadic dust-soiling foxing/spotting,fore-edges with barely any similar affliction - apart from a couple of very tiny spots; contents bright, tight,clean,solid and sound - text body virtually pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corners, would appear unread - apart from my own collation.Publisher's bright,crisp,clean,sharp-cornered,original plain dark blue cloth boards with bright,crisp,blocked silver gilt letters to spine/backstrip,and immaculate plain white endpapers.UK,slim 12mo HB +dw/dj,1st edn,1-296pp [paginated] includes 15 chapters and an epilogue; plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages,a dedication,and 2pp contents list/table. Want more Isabel ALLENDE titles? For similar and other available titles - please search my MODERN FIRSTS2,CHILDRENS/ILLUSTRATED and BIOGRAPHY catalogues. This novel of adventure and discovery is the sequel to Isabel Allende's 'City of the Beasts'. The final installment of Isabel Allende's celebrated trilogy of the journeys of Jaguar and Eagle.The first title in the trilogy is 'The Kingdom of the Golden Dragon.' - see my book ID rja608516. Please contact seller,for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE. ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard US AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always. **

Stock number: rja839119. ISBN: 0007199635.

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ALLENDE**, ISABEL:
INES OF MY SOUL.**

Imprint: LONDON.4TH ESTATE,2006.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.[Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden.] FINE/FINE.No owner inscrptn,and no price- clip to dw/dj.Bright,clean,sepia photographic illustrated dw/dj; with negligible shelf-wear to edges and corners - no nicks or tears present.Top edges of dw/dj show the most signs of creasing. Top+fore-edges generally bright and clean; contents bright,tight and near pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corners - possibly unread? Bright,clean, publisher's original plain,black cloth bds with immaculate,plain red eps.Head+foot of spine/backstrip minisculely bumped with reciprocal creasing,along with the two bottom corners minimally bumped/dented also.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,2-321pp [paginated] includes 6 chapters,most with a b/w line illustrated chapter tailpiece, author's note,biblio note,plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages,b/w map and b/w line illustrated frntis and 6pp blanks at rear. From Isabel Allende,one of the world's greatest storytellers,comes a magisterial work of historical fiction that chronicles the astonishing life of Ines Suarez,a daring Spanish conquistadora who toiled to build the nation of Chile - and whose vital role has too often been forgotten by history. It is the 16thC,the beginning of the Spanish conquest of the Americas,and Ines, born into a poor family in Spain,makes ends meet as a seamstress.When her restless husband disappears to the New World,Ines uses the opportunity to search for him as an excuse to flee her stifling homeland and seek adventure.After her treacherous journey takes her to Peru,she learns that her husband has died in battle.Soon,however,she begins a fiery love affair with a man who will change the course of her life: Pedro de Valdivia,war hero and field marshal to the famed conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Valdivia's dream is to succeed where other Spaniards have failed,by becoming the conqueror of Chile.Together,Ines and her lover will wage a bloody,ruthless war against the indigenous Chileans - the fierce local indians,and even the fiercer Mapuche from the south.The horrific struggle will change them forever,pulling each of them toward their separate destinies. 'Ines of My Soul' is a work of breathtaking scope: meticulously researched,it engagingly dramatizes the known events of Ines Suarez's life, crafting them into a novel full of the narrative brilliance and passion that Allende's readers have come to love. Since April 2013,again in March 2015,and in this year too,the UK Post Office has altered it's Pricing in Proportion template,altering its prices,weight allowances,dimensions and lowered its compensation rates too! So,please contact seller,because of the weight/value of this item,for correct, insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!

Stock number: rja403611. ISBN: 9780007241163.

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ALLENDE**, ISABEL:
INES OF MY SOUL.**

Imprint: LONDON.4TH ESTATE,2006.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.[Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden.] FINE/FINE.No owner inscrptn,and no price-clip to dw/dj.Bright,clean,sepia photographic illustrated dw/dj; with negligible shelf-wear to edges and corners - no nicks or tears present.Top+fore-edges bright and clean; contents bright,tight and near pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corners - possibly unread? Bright,crisp,clean,sharp-cornered, publisher's original plain,black cloth boards with bright,crisp,blocked gilt letters to spine/backstrip and immaculate plain red endpapers.Head+foot of spine/ backstrip minisculely bumped with reciprocal creasing.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,2-321pp [paginated] includes 6 chapters,most with a b/w line illustrated chapter tailpiece,author's note,a bibliography note; plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages,b/w map and b/w line illustrated frntis and 6pp blanks at rear. From Isabel Allende,one of the world's greatest storytellers,comes a magisterial work of historical fiction that chronicles the astonishing life of Ines Suarez,a daring Spanish conquistadora who toiled to build the nation of Chile - and whose vital role has too often been forgotten by history. It is the 16thC,the beginning of the Spanish conquest of the Americas,and Ines, born into a poor family in Spain,makes ends meet as a seamstress.When her restless husband disappears to the New World,Ines uses the opportunity to search for him as an excuse to flee her stifling homeland and seek adventure.After her treacherous journey takes her to Peru,she learns that her husband has died in battle.Soon, however,she begins a fiery love affair with a man who will change the course of her life: Pedro de Valdivia,war hero and field marshal to the famed conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Valdivia's dream is to succeed where other Spaniards have failed,by becoming the conqueror of Chile.Together,Ines and her lover will wage a bloody,ruthless war against the indigenous Chileans - the fierce local indians,and even the fiercer Mapuche from the south.The horrific struggle will change them forever,pulling each of them toward their separate destinies. 'Ines of My Soul' is a work of breathtaking scope: meticulously researched,it engagingly dramatizes the known events of Ines Suarez's life, crafting them into a novel full of the narrative brilliance and passion that Allende's readers have come to love. Please contact seller,because of the weight/value of this item,for correct, insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! ** N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch, especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE. ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always.

Stock number: rja547015. ISBN: 9780007241163.

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ALLENDE**, ISABEL:
Kingdom of the Golden Dragon.

Imprint: LONDON.FLAMINGO/HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS,2004.
Edition: UK,12mo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,12mo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.[Complete number line 1-10.Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden.] FINE/NFINE.No owner inscrptn but price-clip to dw/dj. Bright,crisp,clean,matt,colour photographic illustrated dw/dj,with gilt,white and orange lettering; with negligible shelf-wear and creasing to edges and corners - no nicks or tears present.Spine/backstrip of dw/dj inevitably but lightly sunned/faded with orange lettering faded to white.An approx 1.5" in-production vertical wrinkle/crease to front panel of dw/dj towards the bottom right-hand corner with concomitant scoring to corresponding area of the board beneath.Top edges lightly aged and dust- soiled with some minimal,light and sporadic spotting/foxing,fore-edges brighter,cleaner and foxing-free; contents bright,tight,clean - near pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corners,appears unread - apart from my own collation.Bright,crisp,clean,sharp- cornered,publisher's original plain black cloth bds with bright,crisp,stamped gilt letters to spine/backstrip and immaculate plain light blue eps.UK,12mo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,1-437pp [paginated] includes 20 chapters,plus [unpaginated] half-title+ title pages,a dedication,double-page contents list/table,and 2pp blanks at the rear of book. From one of the world's best-loved storytellers comes a magical novel of adventure and discovery - the sequel to Isabel Allende's bestselling 'City of the Beasts'. Sixteen-year-old Alex Cold,his friend Nadia and his eccentric grandmother Kate embark on a journey to a mysterious,hidden land high in the Himalayas.There they find that the peaceful,spiritual lifestyle of the Forbidden Kingdom,which has remained unchanged for generations,is under threat. 'the Collector',a rich westerner,is plotting to steal the Golden Dragon,a valuable statue that can foretell the future. . . Full of the imagination and wonder that has made Isabel Allende one of the world's bestselling authors,'Kingdom of the Golden Dragon' is an enthralling work of fiction that will delight the thousands of readers who bought and loved 'City of the Beasts'. Since April 2013,and again in March 2015, and again in this year too,the UK Post Office has altered it's Pricing in Proportion template,altering its prices, weight allowances,dimensions and lowered its qualifying compensation rates too! So,please contact seller,for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!

Stock number: rja608516. ISBN: 000717747X.

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ALLENDE**, ISABEL:
OF LOVE AND SHADOWS.

Imprint: LONDON.CAPE,1987.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.[Originally published in Spanish under the title 'De Amor y de Sombra' by Plaza y Janes, Barcelona,Spain,1984.Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden.] FINE/NFINE.No owner inscrptn,and no price- clip to dw/dj.Bright,crisp,clean,glossy laminated,colour pictorial artwork by Jane Ray illustrated dw/dj; with negligible shelf-wear and creasing to edges and corners - no major nicks or tears present. Both head+foot of spine/backstrip minisculely bumped with reciprocal creasing.Top+fore-edges clean,and very lightly aged,contents bright,tight and clean - almost pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corners - an unread copy? Generally clean,publisher's original, plain dark blue cloth boards with light dulling towards their edges,bright, crisp,blocked gilt letters to spine/ backstrip and immaculate plain white endpapers.Dw/dj's upper,internal edges has two water splashes/stains(?) but the boards seem unaffected though.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,6-274pp [paginated] includes Pts 1-3; plus [unpaginated] 2pp blanks,half-title+ title pages,4pp blanks to rear,divided by a note on the type used. Set in an atmosphere of pervading uncertainty and fear,in a country of arbitrary arrests,sudden disappearances and summary executions,Isabel Allende's 2nd novel tells of the passionate affair of two people prepared to risk everything for the sake of justice and truth.'Of Love and Shadows' unfolds a riveting tale of tragedy and ecstasy,of bravery and sacrifice,of family loyalty and state betrayal that is both profoundly moving and uplifting.Made into a film starring Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons, Winona Ryder, Vanessa Redgrave, Antonio Banderas and Keanu Reeves. Please contact seller,for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas customers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! ** N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch, especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE. ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always.

Stock number: rja31978. ISBN: 022402812X.

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ALLENDE**, ISABEL:
The Sum of Our Days - A Memoir.**

Imprint: LONDON.FOURTH ESTATE,2008.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.[Complete number line 1.Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden.] FINE/FINE.No owner inscrptn and no price-clip to dw/dj. Bright,crisp,clean,matt,author's monochome familial photographic illustrated dw/dj, with green,brown and black lettering; with negligible shelf-wear and creasing to edges and corners - no nicks or tears present.Top+fore-edges generally bright and clean; contents bright,tight,clean - pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corners,appears unread - apart from my own collation.Bright,crisp,clean, sharp-cornered,publisher's original,plain red cloth bds with bright,crisp,stamped gilt letters to spine/backstrip and immaculate plain pale beige eps.UK,8vo HB+ dw/dj,1st edn,2-301pp [paginated] includes prologue,Pts 1+2,plus [unpaginated] half- title+title pages,a dedication, acknowledgements,title separator page,Pts separator pages and 8pp blanks at the rear. On a rainy day in 1992,Isabel Allende and her family went to the forest near their home in northern California to scatter her daughter Paula's ashes to the wind. 'The Sum of Our Days' recounts the intimate and heartfelt story of what happened to them in the years that followed Paula's death,as they reconstruct their lives following that tragic loss.In her luscious but exact prose,Allende weaves a narrative from the lives of the wildly eccentric,strong-minded and eclectic tribe she gathers around her.She reveals the extraordinary stories behind her books,the superstitions that guide her writing process,her adventurous travels - and her own inner world. Narrated with warmth,humour,exceptional candour and wisdom,'The Sum of Our Days' is a portrait of a contemporary family tied together by love,strong will and stubborn determination.It is a heartrending and spellbinding memoir by one of our greatest writers of our time. Since April 2013,and again in March 2015, and in this year too,the UK Post Office has altered it's Pricing in Proportion template,altering its prices,weight allowances,dimensions and lowered its qualifying compensation rates too! So,please contact seller,for correct, insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!

Stock number: rja599716. ISBN: 9780007269488.

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ALLENDE**, ISABEL:
The Sum of Our Days - A Memoir.**

Imprint: LONDON.FOURTH ESTATE,2008.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.[Complete number line 1.Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden.] FINE/FINE.No owner inscrptn and no price-clip to dw/dj. Bright,crisp,clean,matt, author's monochrome familial photographic illustrated dw/dj,with green,brown and black lettering; with negligible shelf-wear and creasing to edges and corners - no nicks or tears present.Both head+foot of spine/backstrip minisculely bumped with reciprocal creasing.Top+ fore-edges generally bright and clean; contents bright,tight,clean - pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corners,appears unread - apart from my own collation.Bright, crisp,clean,sharp-cornered,publisher's original, plain red cloth boards with bright,crisp,blocked gilt letters to spine/backstrip and immaculate plain pale beige endpapers.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,2-301pp [paginated] includes prologue,Pts 1+2; plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages,a dedication,acknowledgements,title separator page,Pts separator pages and 8pp blanks at the rear. Want more Isabel ALLENDE titles? For similar and other available titles - please search my MODERN FIRSTS2, CHILDRENS/ILLUSTRATED and BIOGRAPHY catalogues. On a rainy day in 1992,Isabel Allende and her family went to the forest near their home in northern California to scatter her daughter Paula's ashes to the wind. 'The Sum of Our Days' recounts the intimate and heartfelt story of what happened to them in the years that followed Paula's death,as they reconstruct their lives following that tragic loss.In her luscious but exact prose,Allende weaves a narrative from the lives of the wildly eccentric,strong-minded and eclectic tribe she gathers around her.She reveals the extraordinary stories behind her books,the superstitions that guide her writing process,her adventurous travels - and her own inner world. Narrated with warmth,humour,exceptional candour and wisdom,'The Sum of Our Days' is a portrait of a contemporary family tied together by love,strong will and stubborn determination.It is a heartrending and spellbinding memoir by one of our greatest writers of our time. Please contact seller for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas customers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! ** UK,buyers note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if item(s) offered P/p included or free. ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIR postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. 2/3rds of standard AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving long before the quoted 42 days - but not always.

Stock number: rja852619. ISBN: 9780007269488.

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ALLENDE**, ISABEL:
ZORRO - THE NOVEL.**

Imprint: LONDON.FOURTH ESTATE/HARPER COLLINS,2005.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.FINE/FINE.No owner inscrptn,no price-clip to dw/dj.Bright, clean,matt,white background and red+white letters,with Zorro black photographic silhouette illustrated dw/dj; with negligible shelf-wear and creasing to edges - no nicks or tears present. Minisculely bumped to head of spine/ backstrip with reciprocal creasing.Top+ fore-edges bright and clean; contents bright,tight and pristine.Bright,clean, unblemished,black paper-covered bds with bright,crisp,stamped white ink letters to spine/backstrip,a headband and immaculate plain maroon eps.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn, 6-390pp [paginated] includes half-title+ title pages,double-page b/w map,Pts 1-6 includes brief epilogue. Want more Isabel ALLENDE titles? For similar and other available titles - please search my MODERN FIRSTS2, CHILDRENS/ILLUSTRATED and BIOGRAPHY catalogues. Born in Southern California in the late 18thC,Diego de la Vega is a child of two worlds.His father is an aristocratic Spanish military man turned landowner; his mother,a Shoshone warrior.Diego learns from his maternal grandmother,White Owl, the ways of her tribe while receiving from his father lessons in the art of fencing and in cattle branding.It is here,during Diego's childhood,filled with mischief and adventure,that he witnesses the brutal injustices dealt Native Americans by European settlers and first feels the inner conflict of his heritage.At the age of sixteen,Diego is sent to Barcelona for a European education.In a country chafing under the corruption of Napoleonic rule, Diego follows the example of his celebrated fencing master and joins La Justica,a secret underground resistance movement devoted to helping the powerless and the poor.With these tumultuous times as backdrop,Diego falls in love,saves the persecuted,and confronts for the first time a great rival who emerges from the world of privilege. Between California and Barcelona,the New World and the Old,the persona of Zorro is formed,a great hero is born and the legend begins.After many adventures - duels at dawn,fierce battles with pirates at sea, and impossible rescues - Diego de la Vega, a.k.a. Zorro,returns to America to reclaim the hacienda on which he was raised and to seek justice for all those who cannot fight for themselves. Please contact seller,for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!

Stock number: rja25607. ISBN: 0007201966.

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ALLENDE,ISABEL**:
ZORRO - THE NOVEL.

Imprint: LONDON.FOURTH ESTATE/HARPER COLLINS,2005.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.[Complete number line 1.Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden.] NFINE/NFINE.No owner inscrptn,and no price-clip to dw/dj.Bright,clean, matt,white background and red+white letters,with Zorro black photographic silhouette illustrated dw/dj panels; with negligible shelf-wear and creasing to edges - no major nicks or tears present. Minisculely bumped to head of spine/ backstrip with reciprocal creasing. A few minimal indentations to upper panel of dw/dj - but without affecting the bds beneath.Top edges heavily tanned with minimal, sporadic dust-soiling spotting,the fore-edges brighter and less aged/ tanned but with some minimal thumbing/grubbing and clean; contents bright,tight and near pristine.Bright,clean,sharp-cornered,black paper-covered bds with bright,crisp,stamped white ink letters to spine/backstrip,b/w striped headband and clean plain maroon eps.Front bd's,lower right-hand corner minimally marked and discoloured (damp?) with concomitant marking to interior of dw/dj,but not visible through it.Front pastedown's same corner lightly affected with some marking too - from dw/dj's interior affected spot. UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,6-390pp [paginated] includes half-title+ title pages,double-page b/w map,Pts 1-6 includes brief epilogue. Described hard but fairly and honestly - really not as bad as it reads! Born in Southern California in the late 18thC,Diego de la Vega is a child of two worlds.His father is an aristocratic Spanish military man turned landowner; his mother,a Shoshone warrior.Diego learns from his maternal grandmother,White Owl, the ways of her tribe while receiving from his father lessons in the art of fencing and in cattle branding.It is here,during Diego's childhood,filled with mischief and adventure,that he witnesses the brutal injustices dealt Native Americans by European settlers and first feels the inner conflict of his heritage. At the age of sixteen,Diego is sent to Barcelona for a European education.In a country chafing under the corruption of Napoleonic rule, Diego follows the example of his celebrated fencing master and joins La Justica,a secret underground resistance movement devoted to helping the powerless and the poor. With these tumultuous times as backdrop,Diego falls in love,saves the persecuted,and confronts for the first time a great rival who emerges from the world of privilege. Between California and Barcelona, the New World and the Old,the persona of Zorro is formed,a great hero is born and the legend begins. After many adventures - duels at dawn,fierce battles with pirates at sea,and impossible rescues - Diego de la Vega,a.k.a. Zorro,returns to America to reclaim the hacienda on which he was raised and to seek justice for all those who cannot fight for themselves.

Stock number: rja621616. ISBN: 0007201966.

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ALLISTON**, JOHN:
DESTROYER MAN. **

Imprint: AUSTRALIA.RICHMOND,VICTORIA.GREENHOUSE PUBLICATIONS PTY LTD.,1985.
Edition: Australia,slim 8vo HB+dw/dj,illustrated,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

AUSTRALIA,slim 8vo HB+dw/dj,illustrated,1st edn. FINE/NFINE.Owner's inked name in capitals,ruled through by pencil to top of front free endpaper, dw/dj unclipped - absence of publisher's price - these generally considered export edns which usually precedes the trade edn issues/distribution in the country of its origin. Bright,crisp,clean,glossy laminated,subject's b/w portrait photograph superimposed over green+ white photograph of HMAS Warramunga to foot of upper panel of dw/dj; with negligible shelf-wear and creasing to edges and corners - no major nicks or tears present.Inevitable,but light scoring/indents to both panels,but nothing excessive.Top+fore-edges bright and generally clean; contents bright,tight and near pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corner tips - possibly unread? Publisher's bright, clean,sharp-cornered,original plain dark blue cloth boards with bright,crisp,white ink blocked letters to spine/backstrip,dark blue+white headband and b/w ship profile/silhouette diagram illustrated endpapers.Australia,slim HB 8vo+dw/dj,illustrated,1st edn,22 chapters,8pp contemporary b/w photographs in 2 blocks of 4pp apiece between pp116/7 and pp132/3 respectively, an index; plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages,Acknowledgements,a Foreword,contents list/ table,a 5pp glossary,and 6 b/w war theatre maps. See my book ID rja1073923 for another example of this uncommon,same title+edn. John Alliston's modest yet evocative account of naval warfare reveals his deep and passionate love of destroyers,their lean,elegant lines and enormous power. The camaraderie of shipboard living,the old-fashioned virtues of duty,courage,loyalty and perseverance,and the time-honoured crafts of seamanship are here brought to life. John Alliston's twenty-two years of distinguished service began in 1927 as a naval cadet with the Royal Navy.He took command of his first ship,H.M.S. Decoy,in June 1941 and was later awarded a D.S.O. for his work,as Commander of H.M.A.S. Warramunga,in the Philippines campaign. During WW2 Commander Alliston saw action in and around the Red Sea,the Mediterranean and the Pacific,playing an important role in the last of the world's great naval battles.The rigours and ordeals of war are mellowed by the many moving and enthralling experiences which John Alliston's naval career offered him and which he has captured so well in this fine autobiography -'Destroyer Man'. In 1949 John Alliston retired from the navy to begin a new life with his wife Eleanor on Three Hummock Island in the Bass Strait,fulfilling a dream of turning his sword into a plough,and eventually a pen. Today,thirty-three years later,the ploughshare has worn out and the island has become a wildlife reserve.John and Eleanor Alliston are the wardens and the sole human inhabitants. Please contact seller,for correct shipping/P+p qutes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! N.B. ALL buyers please note,that stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE. ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of any inexpensive book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard US AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always. **

Stock number: rja444013. ISBN: 0909104816.

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ALLISTON**, JOHN:
DESTROYER MAN. **

Imprint: AUSTRALIA.RICHMOND,VICTORIA.GREENHOUSE PUBLICATIONS PTY LTD.,1985.
Edition: Australia,slim 8vo HB+dw/dj, illustrated,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

AUSTRALIA,slim 8vo HB+dw/dj,illustrated,1st edn. FINE-/FINE-. No qwner's inscrptn,dw/dj unclipped - absence of publisher's price - these generally considered export edns which usually precedes the trade edn issues/distribution in the country of its origin.Bright,crisp,clean,glossy laminated,subject's/author's b/w portrait photograph superimposed over a green+white photograph of HMAS Warramunga to foot of upper panel of dw/dj; with negligible shelf-wear and creasing to edges and corners - no major nicks or tears present - but a small pierced slit to rear panel of dw/dj's gutter fold/crease but without penetration to the gutter beneath. Inevitable,light superficial scoring/indents to both panels,but nothing excessive or penetrative.Top edges with minimal,faint, sporadic dust-flecks,fore-edges similarly affected but still bright and generally clean; contents bright,crisp,clean,solid and sound - near pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corner tips,possibly unread? Publisher's bright,crisp,clean,sharp-cornered, original plain dark blue cloth boards with bright,crisp,white ink blocked letters to spine/ backstrip,dark blue+white striped headband and HMAS Warramunga's b/w profile/silhouette diagram illustrated endpapers of. Australia,slim HB 8vo+dw/dj,illustrated,1st edn,22 chapters,8pp contemporary b/w photographs in 2 blocks of 4pp apiece between pp116/7 and pp132/3 respectively, an index; plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages,Acknowledgements,a Foreword,a Contents list/table,a 5pp Glossary,and 6 b/w war theatre maps.  See my book ID rja444013 for another example of this same uncommon title+edn.                   John Alliston's modest yet evocative account of naval warfare reveals his deep and passionate love of destroyers, their lean,elegant lines and enormous power.  The camaraderie of shipboard living,the old-fashioned virtues of duty,courage,loyalty and perseverance,and the time- honoured crafts of seamanship are here brought to life.  John Alliston's twenty-two years of distinguished service began in 1927 as a naval cadet with the Royal Navy.He took command of his first ship,H.M.S. Decoy,in June 1941 and was later awarded a D.S.O. for his work,as Commander of H.M.A.S. Warramunga,in the Philippines campaign.  During WW2 Commander Alliston saw action in and around the Red Sea,the Mediterranean and the Pacific, playing an important role in the last of the world's great naval battles.The rigours and ordeals of war are mellowed by the many moving and enthralling experiences which John Alliston's naval career offered him  and which he has captured so well in this fine autobiography -'Destroyer Man'.  In 1949 John Alliston retired from the navy to begin a new life with his wife Eleanor on Three Hummock Island in the Bass Strait,fulfilling a dream of turning his sword into a plough,and eventually a pen.  Today,thirty-three years later,the ploughshare has worn out and the island has become a wildlife reserve.John and Eleanor Alliston are the wardens and the sole human inhabitants.  Please contact seller,for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!  N.B. ALL buyers please note,that stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE.   ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of any inexpensive book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard US AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always. **

Stock number: rja1073923. ISBN: 0909104816.

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ALLSOP, DERICK:
KICKING IN THE WIND: The real life drama of a small-town football club.

Imprint: LONDON.HEADLINE,1996.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.NFINE/NFINE.No owner inscrptn,and no price-clip to dw/dj.Bright, crisp,clean,glossy laminated,action photographic wraps; with minimal shelf- wear and negligible creasing to edges - no nicks or tears present. Minimal bumping to head of spine/backstrip with reciprocal creasing and upper board's top right-hand corner minimally bumped - other corners unaffected.Top+fore-edges slightly aged - as usual/normal - but clean; contents bright,tight, complete and clean.Clean,dark blue paper-covered boards with bright,blocked silver gilt letters to spine/backstrip and immaculate plain white endpapers.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,vii-xiipp+1- 276pp includes half-title+title pages,contents list,author introduction,and 16 chapters. There is another kind of football life,light years from the fame and riches of the Premiership. Here the challenge - for individuals and clubs - is survival rather than glory.'Kicking in the Wind' uncovers the reality and drama of the game the way it is at the other end of the spectrum. This book is a fly-on-the-wall account of a year in the life of Rochdale FC,the club that has the longest unbroken run in the bottom division of the Football League.But it is not merely the story of one particular Third Division club,it is a portrait of any small-town side playing small-time football - their neighbours may be Manchester United,but in reality they are worlds apart,with average gate revenues less than half Eric Cantona's or Ryan Giggs' weekly wage.It will strike a chord with all clubs,players and fans at this level of the game - and be a revelation to the rest. 'Kicking in the Wind' is a soap opera that captures the hope and despair,the humour and conflict,both on stage and behind the scenes.It follows a cash-strapped club through a roller-coaster season,from the optimism of the early weeks,to a dream FA Cup tie against Liverpool at Anfield,and finally into the depression of shattered ambitions and familiar recriminations. For Rochdale FC,and their long-suffering supporters,this was a season to test nerve and commitment.Derick Allsop was given unprecedented access to all parts of the club and takes the reader on the team bus, onto the bench and into the changing room and boardroom.He examines the lives of the players and officials,discovers the culture of boardroom and joins the fans on the road.Each party has its chance to put its side of the story in a candid and uncensored depiction of football in the League's basement that gets closer to the reality than any other account previously published.An uncommon title. Please contact seller,for correct,insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE. ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard US AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always. **

Stock number: rjaz120. ISBN: 0747219273.

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ALMACK,EDWARD** - General editor,CYRIL DAVENPORT:
BOOKPLATES: LITTLE BOOKS ON ART.**

Imprint: LONDON.METHUEN,1904.
Edition: UK,16mo HB,no dw/dj(as issued?),1st edn.
Binding: Hardback.
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK, Demy 16mo HB, no dw/dj,as issued(?), 1st edn.VG+.No owner inscrptn but previous owner's bookplate to front pastedown with bookseller label to bottom edge of same. Publisher's original dark blue cloth bds with decorative, bright, stamped gilt art-nouveau design to upper bd+spine/ backstrip, plain rear bd with a partial cup-ring to same;otherwise generally clean and bright.Minimal shelf-wear to edges, minisculely bumped corners with negligible rubbing, minimally bumped/creased to head of spine/backstrip.Top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed and slightly aged, contents tight, bright and generally clean with some foxing throughout.Some off-set foxing from pastedowns affecting verso+ recto, respectively of both free eps.Approx 6.50" tall x 4.50" wide,vi-viii +2-180pp includes title+half-title pages, b/w+part coloured illustrated Saint Benedict bookplate, frntis (believed to be the oldest in the world, but certainly 15thC.), contents+illustrations lists, 42 b/w illustrations (of bookplates) all called for, 12 chapters, biblio and an index.2nd of 12 titles/subjects in this series. In Germany, a country where bookplates very early found a home, the word bibliothekseichen, or library label is used.Germans also use the name ex libris, and in France the Latin expression ex libris.Covering bookplates with all the different types of blocks or plates:the woodcut, wood-engraving, etchings, copper-plate line engravings, steel engraving, mezzotint engraving, aqua-tint engraving, armorial bookplates, baroque and Rococo styles, heraldic bookplates and modern bookplates (then 1904).Bookplates from Germany, France, England and America are also covered. Please contact seller, because of the lighter weight and the value of this item, for correct, insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!

Stock number: rja1792.

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ALMOND**, DAVID:
the SAVAGE.**

Imprint: LONDON.WALKER BOOKS LTD.,2008.
Edition: UK,slim,small 8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,slim,small 8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.[Complete number line 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1.] FINE+/FINE. No owner inscrptn but price-clip to dw/dj. Bright,crisp,clean,matt,wrap-around colour pictorial artwork,by David McKean,illustrated dw/dj,with black lettering; with negligible shelf- wear and creasing to edges and corners - no major tears present.Tiny,tiny closed nick to each of top,front corner and rear,lower of dw/dj and to top front edge - but all with no loss.Top +fore-edges bright and clean; contents bright, tight,clean - pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corners,appears unread - apart from my own collation.Bright,crisp,clean, sharp-cornered,colour illustrated paper-covered boards with bright,crisp,stamped black ink letters to spine/backstrip and immaculate illustrated eps.UK,slim,small 8vo HB +dw/dj,1st edn,7-78pp [paginated] includes 11 chapters, profuse graphic novel style illustration/artwork by David McKean throughout the text and the book,plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages and dedication. An extraordinary graphic novel within a novel. David Almond is known worldwide as the Carnegie,Whitbread and Smarties award-winning author of 'Skellig','The Fire- Eaters','Clay' and many other novels,stories and plays.'the Savage' is his second novel for younger readers, following 'My Dad's A Birdman'. Dave McKean is a world-renowned artist whose work has won the Smarties Award and the New York Times and V&A Best Illustrated Book of the Year. He has illustrated several children's books, including 'The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish','Coraline','The Wolves in the Walls' and 'Varjak Paw' - see my book IDs rja568915 and also rja390511 (The Outlaw Varjak Paw). Dave has also provided art and design for Neil Gaiman's celebrated comic series 'The Sandman', and has also created designs for the 2nd and 3rd Harry Potter films. Please contact seller,because of the lighter weight of this item,for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! ** N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE. ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always.

Stock number: rja577815. ISBN: 9781406308150.

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ALTAMIRANO, IGNACIO MANUEL:
EL ZARCO THE BANDIT - transl by Mary Allt.

Imprint: LONDON.THE FOLIO SOCIETY,1957.
Edition: UK,slim 8vo+s/case,1st edn thus.
Binding: Hardback , No dw/dj - slipcased.
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,slim 8vo+s/case,1st edn thus.VG+/VG.No owner inscrptn.Plain,undecorated,black paper-covered card slipcase with some patches of rubbing/wear to front+rear sides,publisher's original orange cloth boards with black ink blocked,decorative, 2.5" wide horizontal panel to upper board+ spine/backstrip,with slightly oxidised, blocked gilt letters to spine/backstrip which is also slightly sunned/faded - as usual/normal - and some minimal spotting; with negligible shelf-wear to edges and corners.Light,faint,vertical,non-continuous black grubbed line,towards both board's spine/backstrip edges - probably from being removed+replaced into the slipcase - some similar grubbing to top+bottom edges of bds,headband and clean,clear plain white endpapers with inevitable,but faint,off-set foxing/colouring from both front+rear pastedowns.Top edge coloured black,fore-edges bright and clean; contents bright, tight and clean - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corners - an unread copy? UK,slim 8vo HB+s/case,1st edn thus, 8-160pp [paginated] includes translator's intro,18 chapters,8 full-page b/w wood engravings - unpaginated,frntis included - by Zelma Blakely (this,one of her earliest works/commissions,if not the first); plus unpaginated,title page and contents list/ table.Set in 11 point Bodoni 3 point leaded type,printed by Western Printing Services Ltd.,Bristol and bound by Hunter & Foulis, Edinburgh. Described hard but fairly and honestly, the slipcase,actually having the most noticeable and most detractable faults - still an acceptable copy though. Ignacio Manuel Altamirano (1834-93),was born to a very poor family of pure Indian stock.Until 14,he only spoke the tribal dialect of his people.Winning a scholarship to the Instituto Literario de Toluca,he studied Spanish,Latin,French and philosophy.Later he entered a private college in Toluca and trying his hand at teaching,he wandered from place to place, finally reaching Mexico City. In 1854,he took part in the mestizo uprising and on his return to Mexico City became the leader of a group of young journalists interested in social reforms and the improvement of literature.By 1869 Altamirano had already founded or was editing several newspapers and magazines, and contributed to many others;this year saw his creation of EL Renacimiento,a weekly magazine of considerable literary influence. Altamirano,the greatest writer of his time,was also a great patriot.His novels are often used as vehicles to preach the morality he so fervently believed in, patriotism,honesty and chastity,and this sometimes results in his characters appearing unreal to the modern reader.His two principal novels,'Clemencia' and 'EL Zarco' are both short and share a preoccupation with the tragedy of human life.The setting s for both were taken from the author's own experiences of war and civil strife. 'EL Zarco',' written shortly before his death and published posthumously eleven years later,is set in another period of national unrest,the years of banditry and civil war.Both novels,as indeed all his writings,are a faithful record of the troubled times in which he lived. Zelma Blakely (1927-78),born London, wood engraver,lived near Ipswich,Suffolk. Studied at Kingston School of Art(1939-42) under Wilfred Fairclough,and at the Slade School(1945-48) under Norman James and John Buckland Wright.Tutor at Heatherley's School of Art. The Folio Society’s success is due to publishing books with exceptional typography,illustrations,paper and bindings.The Society sources new introductions from literary experts to accompany classic texts,using skilled designers and master printers to produce memorable fine books in both fiction and non-fiction fields.The Folio Society also prides itself on producing series of an author's works which regular publishers might not think economic - in several cases it is only possible to acquire forgotten books by major writers in Folio Society editions. Please contact seller,because of the lighter weight of this item,for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! ** N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch, especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE. ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always.

Stock number: rja32438. ISBN: No ISBN.

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ALTHER, LISA:
Original Sins.

Imprint: LONDON.THE WOMEN'S PRESS,1981.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.FINE/NFINE.No owner inscrptn,and no price-clip to dw/dj. Pictorial colour decorated upper wrap and b/w portrait photograph rear wrap of dw/dj.Black paper-covered boards with cloth blind spine and silver gilt letters to spine/backstrip.Fore-edge untrimmed. Though with Women's Press dw/dj and UK sterling price to inner flap and verso of title page has British Library Cataloging Publication Data and ISBN,the book was manufactured in America and published by arrangement with Knopf.Author's second novel. Please contact seller,because of the weight and value of this item,for correct, insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!

Stock number: rja1440. ISBN: 0704328399.

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ALTNER, HELMUT:
BERLIN DANCE OF DEATH. [Translated,annotated and illustrated by Tony Le Tissier.]

Imprint: UK.STAPLEHURST,KENT.SPELLMOUNT LIMITED,2002.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn. [Complete number line 1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2.] NFINE/FINE+. No owner inscrptn per se,but a small rectangular cut-out to top corner of front free endpaper - possibly previous owner's name removed,but no price removal to dw/dj.Bright,crisp,clean,glossy b/w contemporary b/w photographic illustrated dw/dj with black and grey+white lettering to front+ spine/backstrip,rear panel with b/w photograph; with negligible shelf-wear,bumping,creasing - no nicks,tears or splits present.Top+fore-edges bright and clean without blemish; contents bright,tight,clean - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corner tips - unread apart from my own collation. At some stage in book's life/ownership or possibly the production process,a pressure imprint to rear endpaper and back through several preceding book signatures,causing a slight buckle to them.Pages are intact and perfectly readable,with that decreasing degree of buckle/ripple in progression towards the earlier signatures.Publisher's bright,crisp, clean,sharp-cornered,original plain royal blue cloth boards with bright,crisp,blocked silver gilt letters to spine/backstrip,a royal blue+ white striped headband and plain white endpapers.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,viipp+1-248pp [paginated] includes translator's introduction,XIII(13) chapters,appendices (I-IV),16pp contemporary historical and modern b/w photographs (32) and 12 b/w city's battle maps in 1 block,between pp120/21.Plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages,a contents list/table with maps list and picture credits to its reverse. This is one of the most vivid accounts of destruction and hopelessness we have ever seen. It is a 17-year-old German conscript's experiences in the defense of Berlin during the spring of 1945 - the last desperate days of Berlin - annotated and illustrated to show his part in the overall picture. As a teenage conscript,Altner’s account covers in detail recruit training on the front line after only ten days in barracks,the execution of deserters and action against the Red Army and turncoat German 'Seydlitz' Troops.He tells of the retreat back to Berlin with full kit, escaping capture time after time and the annihilation of nearly all his company in just one action. He gives detailed descriptions of house to house fighting in the Spandau sector of Berlin, the battle for the Olympic Stadium,the sacrifice of Hitler Youths,fighting in the city's subway tunnels and the disastrous attempt at a breakout to the west,culminating in his final capture. This is an account of war at its most basic and brutal level, of the collapse of everything familiar and the hopelessness of imminent defeat. Please contact seller,for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas customers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included or postage FREE. ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard US AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always. **

Stock number: rja956121. ISBN: 1862271550.

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AlVERSON, CHARLES:
NOT SLEEPING JUST DEAD.

Imprint: LONDON.HAMISH HAMILTON,1978.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.FINE/FINE.No owner inscrptn,and no price-clip to dw/dj. Bright,crisp,clean,glossy laminated,colour photographic illustrated upper wrap and white lettering,plain red rear wrap; with negligible shelf-wear and creasing to edges and corners - no nicks or tears present.Top+fore-edges bright and clean, contents bright,tight and near pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corners - an unread copy? Bright,clean, unblemished,publisher's original plain dark blue cloth boards with crisp,bright stamped gilt letters to spine/backstrip and immaculate plain white eps.UK,8vo HB+ dw/dj,1st edn,2-207pp [paginated] includes 20 chapters; plus [unpaginated] half-title +title page,a dedication and 2pp blanks to rear. Joe Goodey lives - and nowhere more convincingly than in Charles Alverson's second novel about his seedy,cynical,yet likeable cop turned private detective. While minding his own business in a San Francisco bar,Goodey is approached by one Frederic Crenshaw wealthy businessman,to investigate a suspected murder.The victim is Crenshaw's grand-daughter,Katie,who met her violent death while in residence at The Institute,a rehabilitative commune on the coast of Big Sur.The official verdict: accident or suicide.Crenshaw says it's murder and is willing to back his opinion with cash.Convinced by Crenshaw's cheque,Goodey pays a weekend visit to the commune which is dominated by its founder and charismatic father figure,Hugo Fischer.He's swept along with the resident misfits,addicts and neurotics in a constant round of therapeutic confrontations.Nevertheless,like the good gumshoe he is,he does not lose sight of his objective,which is to discover how Katie,a sweet pillhead and beneficiary of a three million dollar trust fund,died. The commune and its inhabitants provide ample material for Alverson's mordant, wisecracking humour.And his solution to the mystery points to a shared ambition of the two aging and childless men - Crenshaw and Hugo - to perpetuate themselves. Author's third novel. Please contact seller,because of the weight and value of this item,for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!

Stock number: rja761. ISBN: 0241898455.

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AMBURN, ELLIS:
PEARL: The Obsessions and Passions of JANIS JOPLIN.

Imprint: LONDON.LITTLE,BROWN AND COMPANY,1993.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.[True 1st edn,US, Warner books,1992.This UK,HB+dw/dj,1st edn first published in 1993,so is the UK,1st edn.There was also a subsequent,later HB+dw/dj issue,again by Warner,in the UK in 2000.] NFINE/FINE.No owner inscrptn and no price-clip to dw/dj.Bright, crisp,clean,glossy laminated,subject's colour photographic portrait illustrated dw/dj,with b/w and mauve lettering; with negligible shelf-wear and creasing to edges and corners - no nicks or tears present.Top edges lightly dust-soiled with some minimal spotting and similar ageing/toning, fore-edges slightly brighter and cleaner,but all are generally bright and clean; contents bright, tight,clean - near pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corners,appears unread - apart from my own collation.Bright,crisp,clean, sharp-cornered,publisher's original plain grey cloth boards with bright,crisp,blocked silver gilt letters to spine/backstrip and plain white endpapers with some minimal foxing/spotting.UK, 8vo HB+dw/dj, 1st edn,ix-xiipp+1-371pp [paginated] includes acknowledgements,9 chapters and an epilogue,16pp contemporary b/w auto/ biographical photographs in 2 blocks of 8pp apiece,between pp116/7 and pp244/5 respectively; plus [unpaginated] half-title +title pages,a dedication,and a contents list/table.See also,my book ID rja973 for another different biography (by Janis's sister) on the same artist. Please contact seller,because of the value of this item,for correct,insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! ** N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch, especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE. ** This item offered P+p included.Offer available UK only,unless indicated otherwise. ** ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always.

Stock number: rja579715. ISBN: 0316903892.

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AMIS**, MARTIN
DEAD BABIES.

Imprint: LONDON.JONATHAN CAPE LTD.,1975.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn. [Ex-Public Library.] VG-/VG-. Library's black ink oblong stamps (2 each) to both the front and rear pastedowns with both the front and rear free endpapers glued to same and obscuring the legibility of their lettering,a subsequent owner's handwritten pair of blue ink initials above the 'M'  of Martin on the title page which also has a partial black ink library stamp and black ink alpha-numerical library number to its reverse,no other library notation or stamps present,and the dw/dj has a price-clip.Bright,crisp,clean,glossy,wrap-around black background with orange,pink and red colour layered bands to lettered title and capitalised,white-lettered author's name to front panel of dw/dj,spine/backstrip with capitalised,white-lettered author name,title and publisher's b/w illustrated colophon to foot of same,the continuation of the 3 coloured bands across the width of the spine have light sunning/fade,rear panel with similarly coloured+ lettered title as front's panel - but as a reversed mirror image and within the arched panel formed by the letters of the first word of title,author's black+orange portrait photograph. Some minimal shelf-wear to edges and lower corner tips due in part to laminate breakdown.Both head and foot of spine/backstrip of dw/dj with some chipping and colour paper loss - the foot more so than the head. Top two corner tips with miniscule rubbing/chipping and reciprocal colour paper loss.Front panel's spine/backstrip's gutter's fold/crease with some minimal laminate breakdown, peel and curl, with miniscule colour paper loss too. No major nicks,tears or splits present. Top edges with faint,minimal trace of published orange colouring but now aged/toned; less toned,slightly brighter but with splash stain; contents reasonably clean - bleed from fore-edge stain to some page edges notwithstanding - tight and solid - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corner tips,would appear unread,other than my own collation. Publisher's bright,clean,generally sharp-cornered,original plain cloth boards with bright,crisp,blocked gilt lettered spine/backstrip,book allittle cocked,and clean plain white verso+recto of respective front+rear free endpapers respectively. UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,v-xipp+13-254pp [paginated]  includes Contents list/table,Main characters list/table,Pts 1-3 comprising Pt 1 - FRIDAY: with 9 chapters, and 10 chapters each for Quentin, Diana, Pt 2 - SATURDAY with 10 chapters each for Giles, Whitehead, Celia and Andy,and Pt 3 with 3 chapters for Johnny; plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages,a dedication to reverse of last page of Contents,and author's Note with an epigram (Menippus) to it reverse. Described in detail, honestly and fairly and nowhere as bad as it reads or sounds - stiil an acceptable copy,despite its ex-public library provenance and particularly given its scarcity as a 1st edition. Author's 2nd novel of which a film adaptation was made in 2000.                                                                    Want more Martin AMIS titles? For similar and other available titles - please search my MODERN FIRSTS2, MODERN FIRSTS,SIGNED and 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die catalogues.                                                       If the Marquis de Sade were to crash one of P. G. Wodehouse's house parties, the chaos might resemble the nightmarishly funny goings-on in this novel. The residents of Appleseed Rectory have primed themselves both for a visit from a triad of Americans and a weekend of copious drug taking and sexual gymnastics. There's even a heifer to be slugged and a pair of doddering tenants to be ingeniously harassed. But none of these variously bright and dull young things has counted on the intrusion of "dead babies" -- dreary spasms of reality. Or on the uninvited presence of a mysterious prankster named Johnny, whose sinister idea of fun makes theirs look like a game of backgammon.    Please contact seller @ ,because of the lighter weight and the value of this item, for correct,insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!                                                                                         N.B. ALL buyers please note,that stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE.                                                                          ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of any inexpensive book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always. **

Stock number: rja1068123. ISBN: 0224011677.

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AMIS**, KINGSLEY:
DIFFICULTIES WITH GIRLS.**

Imprint: LONDON.HUTCHINSON,1988.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.NMINT/NMINT.No owner inscrptn,AND no price-clip to dw/dj. Colour pictorial illustrated upper wrap by Alastair Taylor,with minimal shelf-wear. Top+fore-edges bright and clean,contents bright,tight and pristine.Clean,plain blue paper-covered bds with bright,crisp, stamped gilt letters to spine/backstrip and immaculate grey+white decorated eps. UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,1-276pp+blank to rear. Set in London during the mid sixties, Amis's new (then 1988) novel explores the twin jungles of sexual liberation and office politics in a distinguished literary publishing house.The story opens with Patrick and Jenny Standish moving into their south-of-the-river flat at 1, Lower Ground.They and their fellow tenants have little in common except,perhaps, difficulties with girls.Patrick succumbs all too easily to temptation,whether it be to the wife of his neighbour,Harold Porter-King,or of his boss,the mysterious Simon Giles.Another neighbour,Tim,is unsure whether he likes girls at all,and embarks on a hilarious quest to convince himself that he is a homosexual. Eric and Stevie,the queens who share the fourth flat,have more difficulties with one another than they do with girls. Perhaps only Jenny,who endures Patrick's adulterous liaisons in silence,knows what she wants and emerges with a dignity that eludes the members of the opposite sex. 'Difficulties with Girls' reveals Amis in sparkling form,with a subject ideally suited to his unnerving talent for exposing the frailties of the spirit and of the flesh.See also rja531, and rja1222, rja2068, rja2070, rja2072, rja2073,and rja2101 for other Kingsley Amis titles. Want more Kingsley AMIS titles? For similar and other available fiction and non-fiction titles - please search my MODERN FIRSTS and MODERN FIRSTS2 catalogues. Since April 2013,again in March 2015,and in this year too,the UK Post Office has altered it's Pricing in Proportion template,altering its prices,weight allowances,dimensions and lowered its compensation rates too! So,please contact seller,because of the weight/value of this item,for correct, insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!

Stock number: rja2069. ISBN: 009173505X.

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AMIS**, KINGSLEY:
DIFFICULTIES WITH GIRLS.**

Imprint: LONDON.HUTCHINSON,1988.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+protected dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+protected dw/dj,1st edn. FINE/FINE.No owner inscrptn,and no price- clip to dw/dj.Bright,clean,protected, glossy laminated colour pictorial artwork illustrated upper wrap by Alistair Taylor; with minimal shelf-wear and negligible creasing to edges - no nicks or tears present - and no corners bumped.Top-edge has a small spot/stain otherwise,as fore-edge,bright and clean,contents bright,tight and near pristine - no dog- ear reading creases to any pages' corners. Unblemished,plain royal blue paper-covered boards with bright,crisp,stamped gilt letters to spine/backstrip and immaculate grey+white decorated eps.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj, 1st edn,1-276pp includes half-title+title pages,and 19 chapters. Set in London during the mid sixties, Kingsley Amis's new novel (then 1988) explores the twin jungles of sexual liberation and office politics in a distinguished literary publishing house. The story opens with Patrick and Jenny Standish moving into their south-of-the- river flat at 1,Lower Ground.They and their fellow tenants have little in common except,perhaps,difficulties with girls. Patrick succumbs all too easily to temptation,whether it be to the wife of his neighbour,Harold Porter-King,or of his boss,the mysterious Simon Giles. Another neighbour,Tim,is unsure whether he likes girls at all,and embarks on a hilarious quest to convince himself that he is a homosexual.Eric and Stevie,the queens who share the fourth flat,have more difficulties with one another than they do with girls.Perhaps only Jenny,who endures Patrick's adulterous liaisons in silence, knows what she wants and emerges with a dignity that eludes the members of the opposite sex. 'Difficulties with Girls' reveals Amis in sparkling form,with a subject ideally suited to his unnerving talent for exposing the frailties of spirit and of the flesh.A superb copy. Want more Kingsley AMIS titles? For similar and other available fiction and non-fiction titles - please search my MODERN FIRSTS and MODERN FIRSTS2 catalogues. Since April 2013,again in March 2015,and in this year too,the UK Post Office has altered it's Pricing in Proportion template,altering its prices,weight allowances,dimensions and lowered its compensation rates too! So,please contact seller,for correct, insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!

Stock number: rja2141. ISBN: 009173505X.

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AMIS**, KINGSLEY:
DIFFICULTIES WITH GIRLS.**

Imprint: LONDON.HUTCHINSON,1988.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
Binding: Hardback , With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Not SIGNED.

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.FINE/NFINE.No owner inscrptn,and no price-clip to dw/dj. Colour pictorial illustrated upper wrap by Alastair Taylor,with minimal shelf-wear and negligible creasing to edges - no major nicks or tears present.Top-edge slightly dust-soiled and lightly aged, fore-edge lightly aged and minimally marked/grubbed; contents bright,tight and near pristine.Clean,plain blue paper-covered bds with bright,crisp,stamped gilt letters to spine/backstrip and immaculate grey+white decorated eps.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj, 1st edn,1-276pp+blank to rear. Set in London during the mid sixties, Amis's new (then 1988) novel explores the twin jungles of sexual liberation and office politics in a distinguished literary publishing house.The story opens with Patrick and Jenny Standish moving into their south-of-the-river flat at 1, Lower Ground.They and their fellow tenants have little in common except,perhaps, difficulties with girls. Patrick succumbs all too easily to temptation,whether it be to the wife of his neighbour,Harold Porter-King,or of his boss,the mysterious Simon Giles.Another neighbour,Tim,is unsure whether he likes girls at all,and embarks on a hilariouus quest to convince himself that he is a homosexual.Eric and Stevie,the queens who share the fourth flat,have more difficulties with one another than they do with girls. Perhaps only Jenny,who endures Patrick's adulterous liaisons in silence,knows what she wants and emerges with a dignity that eludes the members of the opposite sex. 'Difficulties with Girls' reveals Amis in sparkling form,with a subject ideally suited to his unnerving talent for exposing the frailties of the spirit and of the flesh.See also rja531, rja1222, rja2069, rja2070, rja2072, rja2073, rja2101 for other Kingsley Amis titles. Want more Kingsley Amis titles? For similar and other available fiction and non-fiction titles - please search my MODERN FIRSTS and MODERN FIRSTS2 catalogues. Please contact seller,for correct,insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!

Stock number: rja2068. ISBN: 009173505X.

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