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First edition in book form (Bradbury & Evans, 1853) in contemporary half-calf binding with gilt lettering to spine. Frontispiece, added engraved title page and 38 engraved plates, as called for. All first edition issue points present: “elgble” on page 19 line 6; “chair” on page 209, line 23; “counsinship” on page 275 line 22.
Rubbing to boards, extremities and spine; unobtrusive previous owner and retailer labels to front pastedown; contents are very nice and clean save for some marginal browning here and there and quite isolated instances of foxing; corners of a few pages a little creased.
The Rachel Papers
By Martin Amis
Light foxing to edges with faint spotting to endpapers, else fine. Original and unclipped dust jacket has the usual fading to the spine panel, but far less severe than usual; small closed tear to bottom of rear panel; corners rubbed with a nick to bottom corner of front panel; general wear/rubbing to extremities. A great, signed copy of the author's first novel.
A Partisan's Daughter
By Louis de Bernières
Limited, First Edition, First Printing (Harvill Secker, 2008). One of only 100 numbered copies to be signed by the author, of which this is number 49. Book is fine in a fine slipcase.
The Time of the Angels
By Iris Murdoch
First Edition, First Impression (Chatto & Windus, 1966). Signed by the author to the title page. Inscription to front endpaper; edges toned; minor bumping to spine tips. Original and unclipped dust jacket has a closed tear to bottom edge of front panel and to top edge of rear; some creasing to front flap with one crease to rear flap. Small chip to top of spine panel; a little wear to extremities. A very good copy of the author’s tenth novel, which is hard to find with her signature.
Of Mice and Men
By John Steinbeck
US First Edition and First Impression with "pendula" on page 9, and a bullet between the numbers on page 88, which were removed from later printings. (New York: Covici Friede, 1937). One of only 2,500 copies printed in 1937. 8vo, publisher's beige cloth, front cover and spine stamped in black and orange; spine darkened with insect damage; corners bumped; dust jacket, price-clipped with a little soiling to rear panel and closed tear to front panel; spine panel and folds tanned with some edgewear.