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Little Women
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Little Women

By ALCOTT, Louisa May

London and Glasgow: Collins' Clear-Type Press, 1905. Fair. n.d. [c.1905]. 8vo, pp. 248 + colour frontis and seven plates by Adolf Thiede. Illustrated blue cloth in gilt, red and green. Shabby from good use: extremities bruised, short tears to both ends of front joint, worn and faded. Some foxing, well-thumbed and shaken, with juvenile doodles in pencil to rear fep and pastedown (Jo, before and after? Perhaps to make up for Thiede's rather dour plates), frontis loosening, pp. 64-66 loose. A well-loved copy of Alcott's classic novel. Fair.

$46.32

The Other Passenger

By KEIR CROSS, John; ANGRAVE, Bruce (illustrator)

London: John Westhouse Ltd, 1944. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 274 + Angrave's 8 colour plates. Black boards, gilt lettering. Spine faded, wear to extremities, fraying to head of spine, corners bumped. POI to front pastedown, some foxing. Else, internally clean and tidy. A good copy of Keir Cross's collection of 18 horror stories, with Agrave's fabulous surreal plates still pleasingly bright. John Keir Cross also published under Stephen MacFarlane and predominantly wrote for a younger audience. A number of stories from this collection were later included in the 1957 anthology Best Horror Stories.

$46.32

Three Roman Pennies
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Three Roman Pennies

By HIGHAM, M. M. B.; TOWNSEND, Winifred D. M. (illustrator)

London: The Sheldon Press, 1931. n.d. [1931] FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. [192] + colour frontis and b/w illustrations (occasionally coloured by an amateur hand). Fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Spine sunned and leaning, wear and bruising to extremities. Dusty top edge, others tanned. Some foxing and toning to prelims and rear. Shaken. Else, clean. A good+ of Higham's children's novel, featuring Mogs and Jim adventuring in Roman Britain. Foreword by Catherine B. Firth. Madeline Maud Bellamy Higham – known as Maud – studied History at Newnham College, Cambridge (leaving without the title of a degree, as a woman), went on to teach history and write a raft of educational books.

$86.03

Meet my Folks
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Meet my Folks

By HUGHES, Ted; LAZAREVICH, Mila

Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1973. Fine. FIRST US EDITION. x, n.p. + numerous b/w illustrations by Mila Lazarevich. Camel cloth with metallic blue lettering to spine and upper board. Illustrated endpapers. Gentle pushing to heel of spine, else, clean, bright and tight. In the original dust jacket: rubbing to spine and extremities, bottom edge of rear panel creased and nicked, a few short closed tears. Still, a rather lovely copy of the later American edition of Hughes' children's book. Near fine/ very good. A version of this work was published by Faber & Faber in 1961; the US edition includes four new poems, while 'My Grandpa' and 'Grandma' do not feature.

$59.56

Robert Gillmor\'s Norfolk Bird Sketches
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Robert Gillmor's Norfolk Bird Sketches

By GILLMOR, Robert

Cley, Norfolk: Red Hare Publishing Ltd, 2014. Near Fine. FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY THE ILLUSTRATOR. 21.5 x 28cm, pp. 64. Illustrated wrappers. Light edgewear. Flat-signed by Robert Gillmor in black pen to half-title. Clean and bright. Near Fine.

$46.32

Jet-Propulsion and Rocket Power
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Jet-Propulsion and Rocket Power

By LE ROI, David

Exeter: A. Wheaton & Co., Ltd, 1959. FIRST EDITION. 4to. Numerous b/w illustrations and plates. Maroon cloth, silver lettering to spine. Illustrated endpapers. Extremities lightly bruised. Edges lightly foxed, a few spots to front and rear. Else, clean and tight. In the fabulous original dust jacket: shelf-soiled, rubbed and nicked, edges creased, uneven sunning to rear panel. Still, a pleasing, bright copy. Very good/ very good. Chapter 1: From Cuttlefish to Jet-Propulsion.

$23.82

Lyrics of Lovely Lincolnshire: And a Short Miscellany
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Lyrics of Lovely Lincolnshire: And a Short Miscellany

By DUDLEY, Edith Spilman; SMITH, H. D. S. (illustrator)

Scunthorpe and Gainsborough: W. H. & C. H. Caldicott, 1946. REVISED and ENLARGED EDITION, SIGNED BY ILLUSTRATOR. 8vo, [64] + b/w frontis and plates. Green cloth, gilt stamped lettering to upper board (faded). Head of spine pushed, band of sunning to lower board, pen mark to upper board. Illustrator's signature in blue pen below the printed name on the title page; 'H. D. S. Smith'. Clean, tight and tidy. A near fine copy. WorldCat lists copies held by BL and Bishop Grosseteste University only. Dudley's hymn to north-west Lincolnshire, dedicated 'with a special greeting for my fellow members in The Lindsey County Federation of Women's Institutes, and in the Women's Section of the British Legion.' With a foreword by Major W. North Coates. Mr H. D. S. Smith was a Lincolnshire artist. Includes Dudley's war poetry.

$59.56

The Big Time
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The Big Time

By HAYES, Alfred (verse); TOBIAS, Beatrice (drawings)

New York: Howell, Soskin, Publishers, 1944. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Oatmeal cloth boards, red lettering. Top edge pink. Illustrated endpapers. Bottom corners bumped. Small ex libris to front endpaper: 'Ex Libris/ Sanford Yates'. Else, pleasingly clean and tight. In the original dust jacket: creasing to edges, a few closed tears, nick to bottom corner of rear panel. A smart copy. Near fine/ very good. Hayes wrote for both post-war Italian and Hollywood cinemas, including Vittorio De Sica's The Bicycle Thieves (1948) and Nicholas Ray's The Lusty Men (1952). Tobias is perhaps best known for her New Yorker covers (1939 and 1942).

$33.09

Ariel A Shelley Romance

By MAUROIS, Andr; D'Arcy, Ella (translator); Jacquier (illustrator)

London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1925. Very Good. FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION. 8vo, pp. [viii], 310, [2 catalogue] + colour frontis and 7 illustrations. Quarter black cloth with marbled boards, gilt stamped lettering to spine. Blue stain to top edge (faded), others untrimmed. Pushing and wear to spine ends, corners and top edge. Some foxing, else, clean and tidy, with the plates nice and bright. Very good. A pleasing copy of an attractive edition. Maurois' fictionalised Jazz Age biography of Shelley, translated from the French by short story writer and Yellow Book editor, Ella D'Arcy. One of the 'romance biographies' that followed the success of Stratchey's Eminent Victorians (1918), Maurois (through D'Arcy) renders Shelley as 'a demigod with flashing eyes, a shirt-collar open on a delicate throat, and hair as fine as spun silk,' while his second wife, author of Frankenstein is 'Mary of the nut-brown eyes […] slim and true as a Toledo blade'. Ariel went on to be the first title published by Penguin Books.

$59.56

Prose Poems
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Prose Poems

By WILDE, Oscar; McCORD, Margaret (illustrator)

[Belfast]: Crannog Press, 1973. Limited edition, no. 42 of 100 (one of the 80 standard copies). Small 4to (20 x 15.5cm), n.p. [pp. 20], three single-page linocut illustrations by McCord. Black cloth, green printed paper label. Printed in purple. Lightly soiled, rubbed at edges and extremities. Text block pulling slightly at stitches. Else, internally clean and bright. A very good copy of a handsome edition. Comprising 'The Master,' 'The Disciple,' 'The House of Judgement,' 'The Doer of Good' and 'The Artist', all of which were originally published in the July 1894 issue of The Fortnightly Review (along with 'The Teacher of Wisdom'). The Crannog Press was a private press based at Sandown Road, Belfast. According to Maggs Bros., it "issued around 14 titles from 1968 to 1978 and was run single-handedly by its founder, the artist and teacher Margaret McCord, who was greatly motivated by her teacher-training spell in Leicester, under the esteemed tutorage of Rigby Graham. McCord initially used an Old treadle-operated Cropper Platen press, then graduated to a Heidelberg Automatic Platen. Having only one set of type, full-page texts were often commercially printed, usually by the Northern Whig Company in Belfast." (Irish First Editions, Catalogue 1442).

$132.35

Canada (The British Commonwealth in Pictures)
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Canada (The British Commonwealth in Pictures)

By TWEEDSMUIR, Lady [Susan]

Penns in the Rocks Press/ William Collins of London, 1941. Good. FIRST EDITION. SIGNED BY AUTHOR to ffep: 'Susan Tweedsmuir' plus dedication slip and facsimile signature from P. J. Montague, Major-General Senior Officer, thanking friends at the Universities of Oxford and London on 'behalf of the Canadian Army Overseas' (Sept. 1942). Bookplate of Helena Clara Deneke to front pastedown. Large 8vo, pp. [48] + colour plates and b/w illustrations. Illustrated paper boards. Spine cocked, wear and nicks to head of spine, bruising to spine ends and bottom corners. Some spotting to boards, edges and plates, else, text block bright and clean. Spine cracked at pp.24-25 and pp.40-41, but binding holding firm. In frayed original DJ - tanned, worn, particularly front panel, with two patches of offsetting from an external text source. Like her husband John Buchan, First Baron Tweedsmuir, Governor General of Canada, Susan Tweedsmuir (1882 1977) was an author; she was key to the foundation of public libraries in the Canadian prairies and had a hand in establishing the Governor General's Awards. A prominent Oxford Germanist & Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Deneke (1878 1973) was central to the development of democratic women's organisations in Germany post-WWII, co-producing the influential report, 'The Women of Germany' (1947) with Betty Norris. She was Treasurer of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies until 1918. Both Tweedsmuir and Deneke were active members of Elsfield Women's Institute, and traveled across Canada together following Deneke's retirement in 1938. An interesting association copy, which bears witness to the friendship of two extraordinary women who shaped post-war education in the West.

$59.56

Portrait of a Village
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Portrait of a Village

By BRETT YOUNG, Francis: HASSALL, Joan (woodcuts)

William Heinemann Ltd, 1937. Very Good. First Edition. 8vo, pp. (178) + b/w woodcut frontis, illustrations and plates by Joan Hassall throughout. Black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and gilt stamped pear design to upper board. Illustrated endpapers. Spine sunned and cocked. Rubbed, corners lightly bruised. Prelims foxed, occasionally, text block. Else, tight and bright, especially Hassall's detailed woodcuts. Celebrated for her meticulous observation, Hassall went on to illustrate books such as Mrs Gaskell's Cranford (1940) through Eric Linklater's Sealskin Trousers (1947) and the Folio Society's editions of Jane Austen. In 1972 she became the first female Master of the Art Workers' Guild.

$13.24

A Woman Among Wild Men (Mary Kingsley)
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A Woman Among Wild Men (Mary Kingsley)

By SIMPSON, Helen; PINNER, Erna (illustrator)

London: Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd., 1938. Good. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 156, [1 catalogue], [3] + colour frontis and b/w line drawings by Erna Pinner. Green cloth, blue lettering to spine. Top edge blue. Extremities lightly rubbed, boards a little dusty. Tape mark and POI to front pastedown: 'To Joan/ With Love, From Lilian/ Christmas 1943'; Joan's address in pencil to rear endpaper. Toned and a little shaken, else, clean and tidy. The successful Australian novelist, Helen de Guerry Simpson, Lady Browne, (1897–1940) was a member of The Detection Club, collaborated with Clemence Dane on a trio of novels, as well as, briefly, being a British Liberal Party politician. Erna Pinner ( 1890-1987), a celebrated German Jewish artist, doll designer and biologist, emigrated to the UK in 1935. This title was re-issued as a Puffin Story Book, A Woman Among Savages in 1950. 'Horizon Books supply answers worth hearing to questions which were worth asking' (Catalogue): Nelson's Horizon Books (1937-1941) were a series of 12 (announced, but only 11 published) new books aimed at young adults. The majority were published in 1937 with this title the only one to appear in 1938 (A Series of Series Blog). Eleanor Farjeon was another author in the series.

$23.82

Aubrey Beardsley With sixteen plates
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Aubrey Beardsley With sixteen plates

By SYMONS, Arthur

London: Unicorn Press, 1948. Reprint of the 1898 original edition. 8vo, pp. [64], incl. 16 plates by Beardsley. Quarter cream cloth, grey paper boards, gilt-stamped lettering. Red stain to top edge. Title page lettered in red and black. Spine slightly faded and rubbed, extremities gently bruised. Fore-edge spotted. Ex libris of Iain & Diana Langlands to ffep. Faint toning, occasional scant spotting. Else, a clean, bright copy.

$26.47

Bernard Shaw through the Camera
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Bernard Shaw through the Camera

By Loewenstein, F.E.

B & H White Publications Ltd., 1948. Very Good. 8vo., pp.128. Light blue cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine. Very good, with light bumping to bottom corners, minor sunning to upper edges. Ownership inscription to ffep: 'H. Ellis' (not Havelock!), a trace of foxing to endpapers. In original DJ with arresting photograph of Shaw - shelf-wear, nicking. Comprises a time line and 238 photographs, "including many taken by Mr. Shaw, selected and introduced by his Bibliographer and Remembrancer[/] F. E. Loewenstein" (title page). Published towards the end of his life, the photographs capture both the private and public G.B.S., including numerous art works of him.

$15.88