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Trust - Signed - Cynthia Ozick

1966 - The New American Library, New York - First Edition
Signed first edition of acclaimed author Cynthia Ozick’s first novel.

‘Cynthia Ozick's Trust is that extraordinary literary entity, a first novel that is a genuine novel, wholly self-contained and produced by a rich, creative imagination, not an imitation of someone else's work or thinly disguised autobiography.’ – David L. Stevenson,
The New York Times Book Review.

‘Money and conscience are at the heart of Ozick's masterly first novel, narrated by a nameless young woman and set in the private world of wealthy New York, the dire landscape of postwar Europe, and the mythical groves of a Shakespearean isle. Beginning in the 1930s and extending through four decades...’ [later edition]
 
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Up the Yang-Tse. With Sketch Maps - E. H. Parker, Formerly H.B.M. Consul, Hoihow.

1899 - Kelly &, Shanghai - Second Edition
A rare and fine example of this detailed and descriptive account of a journey taken by the sinologist, diplomat and barrister Edward Harper Parker. His observant narrative ranges from opium, trafficking of women, infanticide, and bribery to the silk trade, farming, local customs and beliefs.

Illustrated with eight sketch maps (seven of which are folding).
 
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Circa 1915 - Hodder &, London - First Edition
A beautiful work of fantasy written by Marie, Queen, consort of Ferdinand I, King of Romania (1875-1938), and illustrated with six tipped-in colour plates by the great Edmund Dulac. All plates with lettered tissue-guards. 
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1986 - Wild Carrot Letterpress for The Limited Editions Club, Hadley - No. 203 of 1000 copies
‘Once, if I remember right, my life was a celebration where all hearts were open and all wines flowed.’

A finely bound limited edition of Rimbaud’s poetic masterpiece, signed by Robert Mapplethorpe and Paul Schmidt on the limitation page, and featuring eight haunting and devilish photogravures by Mapplethorpe inserted throughout.

Translated by Paul Schmidt, with text in English and French.

Housed in the original velvet lined slipcase and with the Limited Editions Newsletter laid in.
 
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Even Cowgirls Get the Blues - Tom Robbins

1976 - Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston - First Edition
A bright, fine first edition of what we consider the Author’s best work.

Welcome to the Rubber Rose. The largest all-girl ranch in the West.’

‘This is one of those special novels, a piece of working magic, warm, funny, and sane, that you just want to ride off into the sunset with.’ –
Thomas Pynchon

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues was adapted into a Gus Van Sant movie in 1993, in which Robbins was the narrator. 
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Still Life With Woodpecker - Signed - Tom Robbins

1980 - Bantam Books, New York - First Edition
A fine and signed first edition of Robbins’ third book.

‘A love story that takes place inside a pack of Camel cigarettes.
Still Life With Woodpecker reveals the purpose of the moon, explains the difference between criminals and outlaws, examines the conflict between social activism and romantic individualism, and paints a portrait of contemporary society that includes powerful Arabs, exiled royalty, and pregnant cheerleaders. It also deals with the problem of redheads.’ 
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Chinese Characteristics - Arthur H. Smith

1890 - Printed and published at the ", Shanghai - First Edition
First edition of this influential work, rare in such nice condition. Considered by many as the most widely read book on China by Westerners until Pearl S. Buck’s ‘Good Earth’ in 1931, it was also translated into Japanese and Chinese. This copy formerly owned by fellow missionary Ruth Marie Sites, who was based in ‘Foochow’ in the late 1800’s.

Arthur Henderson Smith (1845-1932) was a highly influential American missionary who spent 54 years in China, in addition to his ‘acerbic style and pithy judgements’ which are present in his writings on China, he also drew attention to and spoke out against the Chinese practice of infanticide of girls. Present at the Boxer uprising in Peking he later wrote the most detailed account of the Rebellion.
 
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Sweet Thursday - John Steinbeck

1954 - The Viking Press, New York - First Edition
A fine first edition in exceptional example of the delicate dust jacket which is usually prone to heavy toning creases and chips.

‘In Monterey, on the California coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday, which is one of those days that are just naturally bad. Returning to the scene of
Cannery Row—the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of Monterey, John Steinbeck once more brings to life the denizens of a netherworld of laughter and tears—from Doc, based on Steinbeck’s lifelong friend Ed Ricketts, to Fauna, new headmistress of the local brothel, to Hazel, a bum whose mother must have wanted a daughter.’ 
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