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Mackenzie, Compton: Thin Ice. London: Chatto & Windus, 1956. First edition, author signed and inscribed. Bright and clean internally. Blue cloth, gilt title to spine. Edges faintly foxed, strip of light toning to each endpaper near gutter, very good indeed. Author inscribed, 'To Bruce, on the threshold of years of discretion' and dated September 2 1956. We believe the recipient, 'Bruce', to be Mackenzie's friend and fellow author Robert Hamilton Bruce Lockheart. Both men were former British Intelligence agents, perhaps explaining the 'discretion' mentioned in the inscription.   Ref: 49562 
£275
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Mandeville, Bernard, (Kaye, F.B. ed.:) The Fable of the Bees, or Private Vices, Publick Benefits. Volumes II & II. Oxford University Press with Sandpiper Books, 2001. New edition. Two vols., 8vo.. Black cloth, orange and white dust-jackets. Still in publisher's shrink-wrap, fine. An Oxford University Press Academic Monograph Reprint. This edition presents an authoritative text, together with an introduction, commentary notes, and scholarly apparatus.   Ref: 51625 
£30
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Mantel, Hilary: Eight Months on Ghazzah Street. London: Viking, 1988. First edition, author signed. 8vo., pp. 298, [ii]. Margins toned. Black cloth, red title to spine. A few tiny dents, light stain to top edge but still a very good copy. Autographed "Hilary Mantel / May 1988." to f.f.e.p.. Mantel's third published novel, drawing on her experiences living in Saudi Arabia in the 1980s.   Ref: 50000 
£125
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Marshall, Emma: Castle Meadow. A Story of Norwich a Hundred Years Ago. Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1897. 12mo., pp. 295, [i]. Early 20th-century quarter blue calf, blue lapis lazuli-style paper-covered boards, gilt title to spine, edges lightly sprinkled. Rubbed, corners a little worn, very good. From the Tauchnitz Collection of British Authors, volume number 3238.   Ref: 49821 
£20
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McCormick, Donald: The Incredible Mr Kavanagh. London: Putnam, 1960. First edition. 8vo., pp. 205, [i] + plates. Internally bright. Sea-green cloth, gilt title to spine. A few light scratches, three small dents to edges of upper board, very good. The story of Arthur Kavanagh (1831-1889) who overcame severe disabilites to have a long and successful career in Parliament.   Ref: 51381 
£45
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[McCoy, John:] 'The Lord Commissioner', pseud.: A Prophetic Romance: Mars to Earth. Boston: Arena Publishing Company, 1896. First edition. 8vo., pp. [ii], 283, [iii], first and final leaves blank. Some smudgy marks to front endpapers, title-page and pp.14-19; some bookseller's notes pencilled to ffep. Publisher's olive green cloth, gilt title to spine and upper board. A little cocked, edges rubbed with endcaps and corners beginning to wear slightly but still a good, sound copy. Printed cardboard pocket from Pony Public Library, Montana to front paste down and their purple inkstamp to ffep. Once home to a thriving mining community, Pony is now a ghost town with only a few hundred residents. A very scarce first edition copy of this early American science-fiction novel, part of the late nineteenth-century surge of utopian and dystopian literature. Seemingly set in the late 20th century and written largely from the perspective of the pseudonymous Lord Commissioner, the novel imagines a restructured America which now includes Canada and Central America. The President is a woman, the Capitol and its congressmen having been blown up by irate citizens. Founded by the progressive journalist B.O. Flower (1858-1918), Arena Publishing Co. produced over 20 such volumes of 'fantastic' fiction during it's short (1890-6) period of operation. The company was notoriously radical, publishing both fiction and non-fiction books related to progressive causes. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years, 1368; Kopp, 890. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 57; Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography, 724; Rooney, Dreams and Visions: A Study of American Utopias, 1865-1917, pp. 192-93; Sargent, British and American   Ref: 51553 
£500
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Milman, Henry Hart: The Fall of Jerusalem. A Dramatic Poem. New edition. London: John Murray, 1820. 8vo., pp. vii, [i], 167, [i]. Toned and foxed, corner dampmarked. Contemporary half polished calf with marbled boards, spine divided by flat raised bands, gilt-lettered direct, compartments tooled in blind, marbled edges and endpapers, a little rubbed, headcap chipped, boards scuffed. Contemporary ink ownership inscription "Anne Creyke" at upper forecorner of title-page. Signed binding by "W. FORTH / Book-Binder / & Stationer / Bridlington" with his pink ticket at upper forecorner of front pastedown. A new edition, from the same year as the first.   Ref: 36525  show full image..
£60
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Morris, Beverley R[obinson].: British Game Birds and Wildfowl. Illustrated with 60 Coloured Plates. London: Groombridge and Sons, 1855. First edition. Large 4to., pp. iv, 252 + 60 coloured plates. Title-page a little stuck to frontispiece at gutter causing slight separation between it and the next leaf, slight separation between 'Harlequin duck' plate and the next leaf (p.247), 'Tufted duck' plate opposite p.243 loosening, occasional foxing mostly to front and rear. Contemporary half red polished sheep, gilt spine with raised bands and green morocco label, brown marbled boards, green endpapers. Joints, endcaps and corners worn, small split at tail of upper joint, rubbed. Still a very good copy overall. Bookplate of James Amphlett of Llandyssil dated 1868, numbered 12. 60 hand-coloured plates as called for. Engraved and printed by Benjamin Fawcett (1808-1893), one of the most highly esteemed English nineteenth century woodblock colour printers.   Ref: 51745 
£1000
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Murdoch, Iris: The Good Apprentice. London: Chatto & Windus, The Hogarth Press, 1985. 8vo., pp. [vi], 522. Turquoise cloth, gilt title to spine. Headcap a little creased, very slightly toned but a very good copy overall. Murdoch's 22nd novel, shortlisted for the Booker Prize.   Ref: 51655 
£30
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Piercy, Marge: Vida. A Novel. New York: Summit Books, 1979. First edition. Brown paper-covered boards backed with cream cloth, brown title to spine. Small ink blot to bottom edge, small mark to front paste-down but still very good overall.   Ref: 51660 
£20
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