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SOLD - The Trouble I’ve Seen - Martha Gellhorn, H. G. Wells (preface)

1936 - Putnam, London - First Edition
‘The only way I can pay back for what fate and society have handed me is to try, in minor totally useless ways, to make an angry sound against injustice.’

An attractive copy of Martha Gellhorn’s first work of fiction, with a preface by H. G. Wells. This brilliant collection reveals four tender, yet unflinching, portraits of men and women whose lives are devastated through poverty, forced migration, and war. Enraged by the inequality and ruin she witnessed throughout her career as a foreign correspondent, Gellhorn fought to bring these issues into the spotlight, and her work in both fiction and journalism was met with critical acclaim. Although it has been over eighty years since ‘
The Trouble I’ve Seen’ was first published, the messages and themes within it remain as prevalent today as they were in the 1930’s.

Martha Gellhorn (1908-1998): One of the finest war correspondents of the 20th century. Gutsy, insightful, and never polite for the sake of it, she was a pioneer in the field of investigative journalism, and a prolific travel-writer. She became Ernest Hemmingway’s third wife in 1940, though they eventually divorced following a tempestuous nine year relationship. 
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Five Children And It - E. Nesbit

1902 - T. Fisher Unwin, London - First Edition
A fine first edition of this magical tale bound by Bayntun-Riviere of Bath, illustrated by H. R. Millar with forty-six black and white plates – Cyril, Athena, Robert, Jane, and baby brother, Lamb, are exploring the land around the house their parents have rented for the summer when they find the sandpit. They decide to dig a hole straight through to Australia. Their plan is interrupted when Athena discovers a magical creature hiding in the sand. It is a Psammead, and it can grant wishes.

The children stood around the hole looking at the creature they had found. It was worth looking at. Its eyes were on long horns like a snail's eyes, and it could move them in and out like telescopes; it had ears like a bat's ears, and its tubby body was shaped like a spider's and covered with thick soft fur; its legs and arms were furry too, and it had hands and feet like a monkey's.’

Psammead:
I am a Sand Fairy!
Jane: A Sand Fairy? I thought fairies had little ballet dresses and wings and wands.
Psammead: What on earth have you been reading?
Jane: I'll call you Sandy.
Psammead: Why?
Jane: Because we found you in the sand.
Psammead: You're so funny. Have your parents tried boiling you? 
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1906 - Wells Gardner, London - First Edition
I think everyone in the world is friends if you can only get them to see you don't want to be un-friends.’

The first edition, scarce in such fabulous condition, of Nesbit’s most loved children’s story, the basis for the wonderful 1970 Lionel Jeffries film, and Simon Nye’s 2000 television adaptation (both featuring Jenny Agutter, firstly as Bobby and then as the children’s mother). Illustrated by Charles Brock with twenty black and white plates and illustrated title page.

‘When Father is taken away unexpectedly, Roberta, Peter, Phyllis and their mother have to leave their comfortable life in London to go and live in a small cottage in the country. The children seek solace in the nearby railway station, and make friends with Perks the Porter and the Station Master himself. Each day, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis run down the field to the railway track and wave at the passing London train, sending their love to Father. Little do they know that the kindly old gentleman passenger who waves back holds the key to their father's disappearance.’

'Her writing is so light and unforced, her humour so sure and her narrative quality so strong . . . she has given me the most complete satisfaction' – Noël Coward.
 
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The Story of the Treasure Seekers. Being the Adventures of the Bastable Children in Search of a Fortune. - Edith Nesbit, Gordon Brown and Lewis Baumer (illustrators)

1899 - T. Fisher Unwin, London - First Edition
A lovely unrestored and unfoxed first edition of Edith Nesbit’s first book. Illustrated with seventeen full page black and white plates.

When their father's business fails, the six Bastable children decide to restore the family fortunes. But although they think of many ingenious ways to do so, their well meant efforts are either more fun than profitable, or lead to trouble...

The messages intertwined amongst the various adventures make this a book that adults may actually find more entertaining than they expected, especially if read previously as a child.
 
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The Invisible Man. A Grotesque Romance - H. G. Wells

1897 - C. Arthur Pearson Limited, London - First Edition
A bright, attractive copy of the first edition of one of the most important books of science fiction ever written.

I was invisible, and I was only just beginning to realise the extraordinary advantage my invisibility gave me. My head was already teeming with plans of all the wild and wonderful things I had now impunity to do’....

Wells' cult sci-fi novella is a commentary on the misuse of science for selfish ends; the famous story of a scientist who tampers with nature in his pursuit of superhuman powers.
 
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Price HK$ 26,000