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La Chute - Albert Camus

1956 - Gallimard, Paris - First Edition (in French), First printing
Number 233 of of 235 copies on ‘vélin pur fil Lafuma-Navarre’.

A lovely example – largely unopened – of the first edition of Camus’ philosophical novel, described by fellow existentialist Sartre as 'perhaps the most beautiful and the least understood' of Camus’ works. Published in English as ‘The Fall’
 
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Nightmare Alley - William Lindsay Gresham

1946 - Rinehart and Company, New York Toronto - First Edition
A striking copy of this ‘Noir’ masterpiece.

‘While I've known for a long time that William Lindsay Gresham's "
Nightmare Alley" was an established classic of noir fiction, I was utterly unprepared for its raw, Dostoevskian power. Why isn't this book on reading lists with Nathanael West's "Miss Lonelyhearts" and Albert Camus' "The Stranger"? It's not often that a novel leaves a weathered and jaded reviewer like myself utterly flattened, but this one did.’ – Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 2010.

Nightmare Alley follows the exploits of Stanton Carlisle, a ruthless hustler who learns the tricks of the carny trade and uses them to prey on the wealthy and the weak. Carlisle's determined rise to power and inevitable plunge into depravity is more than great drama, it is an evisceration of the post-war American dream.

‘Never was noir more autobiographical than here….
Nightmare Alley remains a masterpiece, not only due to its driving narrative power, but because it’s underpinned by the premise that the human animal is alone, helpless in the face of destiny, stumbling in the dark, down the nightmare alley toward the inevitable wall of death at the end. Yet we can’t stop ourselves hoping, and fearing, that there might be something beyond that wall. The message of this disquieting book couldn’t be more human, yet that message is metaphysical rather than moral." – Richard Rayner, Los Angeles Times, 2010.

Gresham's ‘legacy was a brilliant and horrific book - read it and you'll never refer to someone as a geek again.’ –
The Times (London)  
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Moby Dick or the White Whale - Herman Melville, Mead Schaeffer (illustrator)

1923 - Dodd, New York - First Edition illustrated by Schaeffer
A finely bound copy, illustrated with twelve full page colour plates and additional illustrated title page by the 24 year old Mead Schaeffer in 1922, Schaeffer went on to illustrate a further 15 classics for Dodd, Mead.

The story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself.
Moby Dick is a haunting, mesmerising, and important social commentary populated with several of the most unforgettable and enduring characters in literature. Written with wonderfully redemptive humour, this is a profound and timeless inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception.

'Melville's lyricism, so redolent of Shakespeare's, thrives on the four elements. He blends Scripture and the sea, the music of the waves and the heavenly bodies, the poetry of the everyday and a grandeur of Atlantic proportions.' – Albert Camus.
 
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Price HK$ 3,500