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My Name is Red - Signed - Orhan Pamuk

2002 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - Sixth Printing in English
A fine copy of this highly acclaimed novel, signed by the Nobel prize winning author.

‘Murder in Miniature. A sixteenth-century detective story explores the soul of Turkey’ – John Updike,
The New Yorker.

‘A wonderful novel, dreamy, passionate and august, exotic in the most original and exciting way. Orhan Pamuk is indisputably a major novelist.’ – Philip Hensher,
The Spectator. 
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The Faces in the Fire the Shadows on the Wall; with Other Tales and Sketches - George Frederick Pardon, T. H. Nicholson (illustrator)

1856 - James Blackwood, London - First Edition Thus
A bizarre, yet fascinating ‘copycat’ take on the success of Dickens’ yuletide publications, although denied in Pardon’s introduction, together with a new Christmas tale and other sketches previously unpublished.

With wonderful four hand-coloured engravings and and ten black and white woodcut vignettes by artist T. H. Nicholson.
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Turbott Wolfe - William Plomer

1925 - The Hogarth Press, London - First Edition
‘It is an inexplicable lapse on the part of literary scholars and critics, that Turbott Wolfe is not recognised as a pyrotechnic presence in the canon of renegade colonialist literature along with Conrad.’ – Nadine Gordimer.

Plomer’s work influenced generations of writers, and his lasting friendship with Ian Fleming, who whilst still at Eton , was so taken by the novel,that he wrote a fan letter to Plomer. Plomer encouraged Fleming’s writing, persuaded Jonathan Cape to publish
Casino Royale, and became Fleming’s literary editor.

‘Born in 1903, Plomer wrote his first novel (also his first book) with a charming dandysim suggesting both Forster and Firbank, but the theme is far from frivolous and states the South African colour problem as realistically as it has ever been treated since. There is even a mixed marriage. The English liberals, the old settlers, the church, the poor whites, the Afrikaner and the African are vivdly described and their passions spin the plot. “
Awoke a sleepy continent to rage.” – Cyril Connolly, The Modern Movement. 
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Lustra - Ezra Pound

1916 - Elkin Mathews, London - First Editon
‘From this struggle there emerged the short, perfectly worded free-verse poems in Lustra. In his poetry Pound was now able to deal efficiently with a whole range of human activities and emotions, without raising his voice. The movement of the words and the images they create are no longer the secondhand borrowings of youth or apprenticeship but seem to belong to the observing intelligence that conjures up the particular work in hand. Many of the Lustra poems are remarkable for perfectly paced endings:

Nor has life in it aught better
Than this hour of clear coolness,
the hour of waking together.

– Noel Stock,

‘An active organiser rather than an introvert like Eliot, Pound had written half a dozen books by 1916.
Lustra, apart from some troubadour poems, is mostly a collection of arrogant epigrams and light-hearted Catullus-like lyrics in imagist-fantasist style.’ – Cyril Connolly, The Modern Movement.

With photogravure frontispiece portrait by Alvin Langdon Coburn. Included in this volume are such poems as
Les Millwin, Exile's Letter, The Bellaires, Villanelle: the Psychological Hour, The Social Order, Near Perigord, To a Friend Writing on Cabaret Dancers, and many others. 
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A Dance to the Music of Time - Anthony Powell

1952 - 1975 - Heinemann, London - First Editions (Volume I third printing), in First Edition dust jacket (Volume II second issue with shorter front flap)
A bright and complete twelve volume set of Anthony Powell’s dodecahedral masterpiece 'A Dance to the Music of Time' .

‘This twelve-volume sequence ‘
A Dance to the Music of Time’ traces a colourful group of English acquaintances across a span of many years from 1914 to 1971. The slowly developing narrative centres around life's poignant encounters between friends and lovers who later drift apart and yet keep reencountering each other over numerous unfolding decades as they move through the vicissitudes of marriage, work, ageing, and ultimately death. Until the last three volumes, the next standard excitements of old-fashioned plots (What will happen next? Will x marry y? Will y murder z?) seem far less important than time's slow reshuffling of friends, acquaintances, and lovers in intricate human arabesques’ - Robert L Selig; Time and Anthony Powell, A Critical Study. 
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Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys, Francis Wyndham

1966 - Andre Deutsch, London - First Edition
Wide Sargasso Sea is not just a great novel, it is many brilliant books in one. Multi-layered and complex, Jean Rhys's prelude to Jane Eyre vividly illustrates how accounts and understanding differ, and creates a sense of the characters' past being inescapable.

In this poignant evocation of the bitter romance between the white Creole heiress Antionette Cosway, of the Jamaican plantation-owning class, and the increasingly cold Englishman Mr Rochester, Rhys creates a relationship that is intense with the rage of desire and marked by deep tragedy’ – Laura Fish,
The Independent, 2008. 
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An Authentic Account of an embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China - Sir George Staunton, Earl of Macartney, Sir Erasmus Gower

1797 - Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. for G, London - First Edition
A clean and exquisitely bound set of this cornerstone of Chine related travel literature, together with the magnificent Elephant Folio Atlas showing forty-four engraved maps and plates (mainly after Alexander), of which two are folding and six are double-page.

‘An account of the first British embassy to China, under Lord Macartney. Great Britain was anxious to establish formal diplomatic relations with China and thus open the way for unimpeded trade relations, but centuries of Chinese reserve and self-sufficiency presented a formidable obstacle to the embassy, and the Chinese emperor effectually resisted Lord Macartney’s arguments and gifts. The visit of the British embassy nonetheless resulted in this remarkable account of Chinese manners and customs at the close of the eighteenth century’ -
The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages. 
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Ruins of Desert Cathay - M. Aurel Stein

1912 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Edition
A nice clean two volume first edition, of Sir Aurel Stein’s monumental work. Profusely illustrated with 333 black and white photographic plates (some folding), eight full page colour plates, six folding panoramas, three colour folding maps, and a black and white frontispiece of Aurel Stein.

Stein intended this account of his second expedition to the deserts of Chinese Turkestan in 1906–8 to be read by non-specialists, it is highly illustrated and full of interesting details about his journey and the people he met en route, as well as of the important archaeological discoveries which still link his name with the civilisation of this remote and dangerous area.

In Volume 1, Stein describes the problems of setting up the expedition and the excitement and perils of the route, which took him through the tribal areas of the North-West Frontier and the kingdom of Afghanistan, ending with his arrival at the western extremity of the Great Wall of China.

In Volume 2, Stein describes the discovery of the caves near the great trading post of Dunhuang which contained - walled up and almost perfectly preserved - manuscripts, sculptures, silk cloths, and the Diamond Sutra, the earliest complete and dated example of a printed book, hidden by Buddhist monks nine hundred years previously. (description from the
Cambridge University Press reprint). 
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