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The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

1925 - Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York - 1st edition, 1st issue
‘So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.’

First edition of what is now considered a landmark of 20th century fiction, and the epitome of the Jazz Age in American literature, which incredibly, sold very little during Fitzgerald’s lifetime.

‘I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby’s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited – they went there.’  
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1807 June - S. and J. Ridge, Newark - First Edition, First Issue
A nice clean first edition first issue of Byron's first regularly published book, in contemporary binding with half title.

In every Bookseller’s I see my own name, & say nothing, but enjoy my fame in secret,’ the 19-year-old Byron wrote to a friend after the publication of this, his first work to be available to the public.

Twelve of the thirty nine poems are new, with the balance selected from his only other collections at the time, the two privately printed ‘chapbooks’
Fugitive Pieces (November 1806, which he destroyed leaving only two of the estimated 50 copies printed) and Poems on Various Occasions (December 1806 - January 1807, of which an estimated 100 copies were printed) .

Although
Hours of Idleness received mixed critical reviews, this volume marked the public beginning of one of the most admired poets in English literature and quickly ran to a second edition in March 1808 under the title Poems Original and Translated. 
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Cricket - W. G. Grace

1899 - James Bowden, London - First Edition
‘I should like to say that good batsmen are born, not made; but my long experience comes up before me, and tells me that it is not so.’

Profusely illustrations, with over eighty mostly photographic plates including one of the great beard himself, the first man ever to score 1,000 runs in one month, and this at the age of 46.

Grace was still playing Test cricket into his 50s, and on his 58th birthday, after scoring 74, he laid his bat down on the pavilion table and declared, ‘There. I shan’t play any more’.
 
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Collected Poems - Robert Graves

1938 - Cassell and Company Limited, London - First Edition
A fine and large collection of Graves’ poems including the wonderful collection from ‘Poems 1929’.

In addition to those from past works are fifty poems not published before. With some notes and an interesting foreword by Graves.
 
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I Claudius - Robert Graves

1934 - Arthur Barker, London - First Edition
With large fold out table ‘Tree of the Imperial Family and Connexions’ to the rear. Formerly the property of Eleanor Campbell-Orde née Watts who, during her years at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, ‘enjoyed friendships with Osbert Lancaster, John Betjeman, Stephen Spender, Christopher Hawkes and Evelyn Waugh, whose wife eloped with her boyfriend.’

‘Written in the form of Claudius' autobiography, this is the first part of Robert Graves' brilliant account of the madness and debauchery of ancient Rome, and stands as one of the most celebrated, gripping historical novels ever produced.

Despised for his weakness and regarded by his family as little more than a stammering fool, the nobleman Claudius quietly survives the intrigues, bloody purges and mounting cruelty of the imperial Roman dynasties. In
I, Claudius he watches from the sidelines to record the reigns of its emperors: from the wise Augustus and his villainous wife Livia to the sadistic Tiberius and the insane excesses of Caligula.’

'Still an acknowledged masterpiece and a model for historical fiction ... sympathetic and intensely involving: a great feat of imagination'. – Hilary Mantel, author of
Wolf Hall. 
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The Power and the Glory - Graham Greene

1940 - William Heinemann Ltd, London - First Edition, First Printing
‘Graham Greene's masterpiece... The power and energy of his finest novel derive from the will toward compassion, and ideal communism even more Christian than Communism. Its unit is the individual, not any class’ – John Updike.

During a vicious persecution of the clergy in Mexico, a worldly priest, the 'whisky priest', is on the run. With the police closing in, his routes of escape are being shut off, his chances getting fewer. But compassion and humanity force him along the road to his destiny, reluctant to abandon those who need him, and those he cares for.

In
Ways of Escape, Greene comments that the novel was written to a preconceived thesis: there is a distinction between a man (in this case a drunken priest) and his office. He also remarks how many of the characters in the novel had their origin in people he met in Mexico in 1938, when researching The Lawless Roads.’ – Wise & Hill. 
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Nightmare Alley - William Lindsay Gresham

1946 - Rinehart and Company, New York Toronto - First Edition
‘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. 
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Golf - The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes. - Horace G. Hutchinson (Duke of Beaufort, Editor; Assisted by Alfred E.T. Watson).

1890 - Longmans, London - First Edition
‘One of the great books of the sport and deserves an honoured spot in every golf library.’ - Joseph Murdoch, The Library of Golf.

An unusually bright sharp and mostly uncut copy, in a fine custom clamshell case with tipped-on
Vanity Fair colour print of the flamboyant Horace Hutchinson himself. Covering the history of golf, celebrated golfers and celebrated links, styles, etiquette, giving odds, and, I assume, relevant for the day - ‘hints to cricketers who are taking up golf’. Illustrated by Thomas Hodge and Harry Furniss with 22 plates, several woodcuts in text, and many further illustrations.

Hutchinson, one of the best sports writers and editors of his era, was also an accomplished golfer, captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, winner of the first two official British Amateur Championships in 1886 and 1887, and known for his comment that ‘
if profanity had an influence on the flight of the ball, the game of golf would be played far better than it is. 
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