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Breakfast of Champions or, Goodbye Blue Monday! - Signed - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

1973 - Delacorte Press / Seymour Lawrence, New York - First Edition
A bright sharp and signed first edition of one of Vonnegut’s masterpieces.

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In Breakfast of Champions’, one of Kurt Vonnegut’s most beloved characters, the ageing writer Kilgore Trout, finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth. What follows is murderously funny satire, as Vonnegut looks at war, sex, racism, success, politics, and pollution in America and reminds us how to see the truth’. [Random House]

‘Marvelous . . . [Vonnegut] wheels out all the complaints about America and makes them seem fresh, funny, outrageous, hateful and lovable.’ –
The New York Times. 
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God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater or, Pearls Before Swine - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

1965 - Holt, New York - First Edition
‘Eliot Rosewater – drunk, volunteer fireman, and President of the fabulously rich Rosewater Foundation – is about to attempt a noble experiment with human nature . . . with a little help from writer Kilgore Trout. ‘God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater’ is Kurt Vonnegut’s funniest satire, an etched-in-acid portrayal of the greed, hypocrisy, and follies of the flesh we are all heir to’ [Random House] 
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Ten Thousand A-Year - Samuel Warren

1889 - Little, Boston - Number 69 of a limited 200 copies
A fine and finely bound three volume set, the upper covers blocked in gilt with the crest, coat of arms and motto of ‘Tittlebat Titmouse Esq M.P. according to the description of Sir Gorgeous Tintack, Garter King at Arms.’ Volume I with sepia toned portrait frontispiece on vellum.

Samuel Warren (1807-77) was an English barrister, Member of Parliament for Midhurst, and author of a number of books both fiction and non-fiction.

Ten Thousand A-Year’ is his second novel, one of the most popular of the era and some consider the first to feature a lawyer as the main character. It concerns a firm of attorneys who discover that Tittlebat Titmouse, a poor draper's clerk, may have a claim to the large estate of Yatton. The attorneys commence an action which results in Titmouse displacing the unbelievably pious John Aubrey as the owner of the estate, and its annual income of £10,000. Titmouse revels in his new found wealth, until a new round of litigation is commenced which returns Aubrey to his place as squire of Yatton. Titmouse is disgraced, and ends his life in a lunatic asylum.

The narrator repeatedly tells the reader that the English legal system is close to perfection, but the actual workings of the law in ‘
Ten Thousand a-Year’ paint a more negative picture. Dickens seems to have read Warren's fiction and non-fiction, and to have borrowed images and ideas." [ODNB].

In addition to Warren’s knowledge of the law, he was well versed on asylum and the welfare of the mentally ill, occupying the position of ‘Master in Lunacy’ [1859-77].
 
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They Found Atlantis - Inscribed - Dennis Wheatley

1936 - Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), London - Third impression
A nice example of the first book in the ‘Lost World’ series, inscribed ‘For Edmund Pike, With every good wish from Dennis Wheatley, April 15th 36’

‘The documentation of the legend of Atlantis, the detail of the underwater explorations and the grotesquerie of fabulous deep-sea monsters, hostile to human invaders, make this book worth reading.’ – Beatrice Sherman, The New York Times.

‘Dennis Wheatley has conceived one of the most amazing tales since the days of Jules Verne and Wells... boredom vanishes with the wave of Wheatley's magic pen.’ – Los Angeles Times.
 
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