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FICTION, MODERN FIRSTS

FICTION, MODERN FIRSTS

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1 ACKROYD, Peter The Collection. Edited and with an Introduction by Thomas Wright.
Chatto and Windus, London 2001 
First edition. DW. Upper hinge slightly tender o/w a very clean copy. VG/VG. 51104 
Price: 8.50 GBP
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2 ACKROYD, Peter The Plato Papers. A Novel [SIGNED]
Chatto and Windus, London 1999 
First Edition. DW. 139pp. Wrapper a little stretched, with minor scuffs to headand foot. Internally very clean. Inscribed by the author 'For Megan from Peter, London: March 31, 1999. NF/VG+ 59635 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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3 ACKROYD, Peter. English Music.
Knopf, New York. 1992 
First edition USA trade. DW. B/w illustration frontis. 400 pages. Sl. discolouration to DW which has small chip to top edge of front panel and peeling lamination at fold of front flap. VG/VG- 64200 
Price: 6.95 GBP
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4 ALDISS, Brian. Remembrance Day. (SIGNED).
Harper Collins. London 1993 
First edition. DW. With SIGNED opening page of short story "Apogee" - first draft, which has been typed up on A4 paper and loosely inserted. Nr. Fine/VG+ in very slightly worn wrapper, that is also very slightly sunned to spine and has surface scratches to lower panel. The short story is titled "Apogee", and was not published, but later in 2000 a short story called "After Apogee" was published. Aldiss has signed and labelled it along right hand margin "Brian Aldiss Sept '91". 3922 
Price: 50.00 GBP
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5 ALGREN, Nelson. The Neon Wilderness. FIRST EDITION.
Andre Deutsch. London. 1965 
First edition, UK. SCARCE IN DW. Rear inner flap of wrapper has had a large triangle portion cut from bottom corner, sl. effecting text. Bookseller stamp to rear paste-down, lower edge of uper board faded o/w VG+ in wrapper that is bright but chipped, creased and torn at extremities with close tears along top third of spine and rear panel sunned and sl. soiled. 54214 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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6 ALLEN, Johannes. Young Love. Translated from the Danish by Naomi Walford. This is a Borzoi Book.
Hogarth Press. 1959 
First American Edition. DW. Printed boards. Wrapper chipped with small portions missing from spine ends. A very clean copy. VG+/VG. 50986 
Price: 8.50 GBP
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John Bull's Schooldays., AMIS, Kingsley, GOLDING, William, INGLIS, Brian et al.
7 AMIS, Kingsley, GOLDING, William, INGLIS, Brian et al. John Bull's Schooldays.
Hutchinson. London. 1961 
First edition. DW. SIGNED by Inglis to title page. With SIGNED SLIP from Kingsley Amis to page oposite title. E/ps, upper bd and wrapper illustrated by Quentin Blake. E/ps sl. browned o/w VG+ in wrapper. 30038 
Price: 80.00 GBP
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A Frame of Mind. Eighteen Poems., AMIS, Kingsley.
8 AMIS, Kingsley. A Frame of Mind. Eighteen Poems.
Printed in the School of Art, University of Reading. 1953 
First edition. Presentation copy from the author, "To James and Elsa Bartley in affection Kingsley Amis, 1954." Original limp bds., printed wrapps. browned and lightly soiled. Sl. browning to reverse of contents page. VG+. James is James Bartley, "Jo", (1906-1967), was a lecturer in English, University College, Swansea, a specialist in drama, particularly Irish, active in producing plays at the university. He is mentioned a number of times in Amis's Memoirs and often mentioned in letters. He was a friend and drinking partner from Amis's years as a Swansea academic. From "Memoirs", page 123. "Jo Bartley was an Ulsterman who, with a Second to live down, had taught in India, one of whom it could be justly said, 'Now that's what I call a drinking man' and a smoker to rival Willie Smyth. he liked food too, also women, doing his job and researching among obscure plays. This last interest produced his memorial, one of the funniest books I have ever read, 'Teague, Shenkin and Sawney, being an historical study of the earlier Irish, Welsh and Scottish characters in English plays'...". On page 124 he talks about a party Jo gave for some visiting African academics and quotes in full a funny poem of Jo's about not being able to enjoy heaven without one vital anatomical part. This poem is also sent to Robert Conquest, "Letters" page 805 in 1976, nearly 10 years after Jo's death to see if it was worth publishing. Conquest rejected it on theological as well as literary grounds, since 'a chap in his condition would get his prick back at the resurrection'! Letter to Amis 19-20 August 1976. Also from "Letters", To Philip Larkin 18th October, 1954. "...Sorry this is so dull....There was one party recently, at which James Bartley had removed his shirt..., ostensibly for greater coolness, actually I think to display the grey rug on his chest to the young ladies...At about 4.45 James knocked us up...he wanted a light for his cigarette. I gave him one, and he went off, bewailing his lot at full bellow...and yelling to me to testify at the inquest that he was of unsound (or sound) mind when he killed himself. 'It may be sooner than you think,' he bawled in valediction. Couldn't be soon enough for me, or so I thought at the time. It is by such moments of unsought revelation that I live." Also, 19th April 1956, "...That gnarled old fool Bartley was here just now, breathing drink and waking the baby. Told me to give you his love. Said to tell you he was sorry you left Belfarts..." Also, 2nd January, 1957, "...You heard, I suppose, that that fool Bartley has been arrested for being drunk in charge of his car, and getting off without the defence being called. Sodding good solicitor he had". 18552 
Price: 800.00 GBP
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9 AMIS, Martin. Other People: A Mystery Story.
Jonathan Cape. London. 1981 
First edition. DW. 223pp. Gift inscription to front end paper. Wrapper price clipped o/w a very clean copy. VG+/VG+. ISBN 0224017667. 42668 
Price: 35.00 GBP
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10 ANDERSEN, Barbara. Long Hot Summer. SIGNED FIRST EDITION.
2001 
Jonathan Cape. First edition, first issue. DW. Flat signed by author to title page, no other inscriptions or dedications. Near fine in wrapper. 71049 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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11 ANSTEY, F. Puppets at Large. Illustrated by J. B. Partridge.
Bradbury, Agnew & Co. London. 1897 
First edition. 16 plates. Original green cloth, printed in brown and illustrated in black at upper bd. Text to spine gilt, spine sunned. T.e.g. Some occ. foxing o/w near fine. 12460 
Price: 35.00 GBP
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12 AYLETT, Steve. Slaughtermatic.
Phoenix House, London. 1998. 
First edition UK, uncorrected bound proof. 182pp. Fine ISBN 1 861591 22 5 32477 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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The Day of Creation., BALLARD, J. G.
13 BALLARD, J. G. The Day of Creation.
Victor Gollancz. London. 1987 
First edition. DW. SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR TO ANGHARAD RYDER. TOGETHER WITH TWO TWO-SIDED AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED AND FOUR AUTOGRAPH POSTCARDS FROM BALLARD TO RYDER. The letters are very interesting and also personal, for example he tells Angharad to be selective in her small safari through his novels, "...there's a pretty clear spectrum running from the visionary & idealistic (Crystal World and Unlimited Dream Co) to more or less out and out porn, as in Crash - though to me that's my most idealistic book of all...." He talks about the part-autobiographical nature of "Empire" and how his experiences in the camps changed him, "...in the sense of reducing the moral authority of the received world to nil, and placing immense value on the power of the imagination to remake everything - rather psychotic really." And also, "Latin? My first love (a school in England....in the late 40's we even attempted Latin conversation - heroically pointless)". The other letter covers flying lessons, writers on flying and how learning to fly can signal a life about to change. He manages in both the letters and the postcards to be inspiring and present fresh ideas and his passion for life as he does in all his work. The book is fine in wrapper. The dedication states, "For Angharad, 'The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth' - St. Ex All the best JG Ballard [two dots and a flourish]" 32416 
Price: 3000.00 GBP
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14 BANKS, Lynne Reid. The Dungeon. (SIGNED).
Collins. London. 2002 
First edition. DW. SIGNED by the author to title page. A Near Fine copy. ISBN: 000713777X 45921 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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15 BARKER, A. L. Life Stories. FIRST EDITION.
1981 
The Hogarth Press. DW. First edition. Near fine in wrapper that has one tiny close tear to top of front flap. 71051 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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16 BARKER, A. L. Lost Upon the Roundabouts. FIRST EDITION.
1964 
The Hogarth Press. First edition, first issue. NO DW. Original maroon cloth gilt, spine has very sl. lean. Small neat ownership signature o/w VG. 71072 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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17 BARNETT, Michael. Zero Days. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.
Energy Connecitions. 1993 
First edition. DW. Limited edition. Signed pen inscription to author's brother. Attractive wrapper with extremities slightly bumped. VG+/VG+. 50776 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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18 BATES, H. E. A Crown of Wild Myrtle.
Michael Joseph. London. 1962 
First edition. DW. Pages sl. browned with very small pen mark to outer edge of pages o/w near fine in sl. soiled price-clipped wrapper. 42157 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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19 BATES, H. E. The Woman who had Imagination and Other Stories.
Jonathan Cape. London. 1934 
First edition. DW. Boards and spine slightly dulled, extremities rubbed, fore-edges lightly foxed. Endpapers foxed. Wrapper grubby, spine browned, extremities slightly chipped, with small closed tears to top and bottom margin of lower panel, 1 inch closed tear to top margin of upper panel at joint with head of spine o/w VG+/VG+. 29153 
Price: 100.00 GBP
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20 BATES, H.E. An Aspidistra in Babylon. Four Novellas.
Michael Joseph, London. 1960 
First Edition. DW. A lovely copy in slightly worn wrapper that is sunned to spine and has large close tear at joint with rear panel o/w VG+VG. 65175 
Price: 12.50 GBP
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