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1 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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2 COX, C.B. and A.E. Dyson. (Kingsley Amis, Robert Conquest et al.) Fight for Education and Black Paper Two. Two volumes.
The Critical Quarterly Society. London. 1969 
First edition. Two volumes. Original decorated wrapps., sl. foxed at spine. VG+ 8950 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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3 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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4 AMIS, Kingsley. Lucky Jim. Early edition in Film Tie-in Wrapper.
1957 
Gollancz. 20th Impression of first edition with film tie-in wrapper showing Ian Carmichael as Lucky Jim with Maureen Connell. Sl. lean to spine. Small black felt tip spot to front pastedown, pages browned o/w VG in VG- wrapper that is chipped and torn along edges with slight loss to top corner of front panel and at tail of spine. 71337 
Price: 45.00 GBP
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5 AMIS, Kingsley. Memoirs.
Hutchinson, London 1991 
DW. B&W plates. 346pp inc index. Slight wear to wrapper at upper corner of outer edge, o/w a near fine copy. 71171 
Price: 6.95 GBP
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6 AMIS, Kingsley. That Uncertain Feeling. A Novel.
Victor Gollancz Ltd., London. 1955 
Third Impression. DW. Slightly worn and age browned copy with occasional light foxing in browned and chipped wrapper VG/VG-. 45076 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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