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1903 - Macmillan and Co., London - Early Edition
A bright sharp copy of the author’s magnificent nonsense verse, the tale of the Bellman and his crew’s strange voyage in search of a Snark, and featuring an unlikely cast of characters drawn from his other works, Jabberwocky and Through the Looking Glass Wonderfully illustrated with nine imaginative woodcuts by Henry Holiday.

‘The Hunting of the Snark is a poem over which an unstable, sensitive soul might very well go mad.’ - Martin Gardner, The Annotated Snark. 
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1929 - D. Appleton & Company, New York - First Edition
‘He stood near the robbed till, drinking with some men-o’-war’s men, and cursing and damning and voicing a ferocious joy that Captain Death and his sea-rogues, at last, lay dead or taken every one.’

A fine copy. Censored upon publication for ‘radical content’, Chamber’s novel caused quite a stir due to its realistic portrayals of violent life on the high seas. Accompanied with all the trappings of danger, treasure, and romance, and featuring fictional debuts from some of the best known names in piracy, including Black-Beard, Captain Kidd, and Mary Read, the novel is profusely illustrated with seventeen full page colour illustrations by the great Norman Price.  
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Cock Pit - Inscribed - James Gould Cozzens

1928 - William Morrow & Company, New York - First Edition
‘It will convince you that you have lived in Cuba. You will find there: passion, guns, trusts, Mexican assassins, arson, sex appeal, cane, crushing machines and who knows what other crushes, in all senses of the term. If you escape with your life you will be lucky.’ - Ford Madox Ford.

A beautiful copy of the Pulitzer prize winning author’s third novel, in the scarce dust jacket.

Inscribed on the year of publication - ‘
For Janet- to show her my real future lies in book-case inventing after all. J G Cozzens, NYC, 20 September 28.’

Written during his time as an expat in Cuba, this riveting novel concerns the corruption and bloodshed of the sugar trade in the early 1900’s, in a stunning dust jacket illustrated by Frank Mechau. While the novel was met with critical acclaim upon its publication, there were few authors as polarizing as James Gould Cozzens, reviled and adored in equal measure by titans of the publishing industry, including John Updike and Irving Howe.
 
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Confessions of an English Opium-Eater - Thomas De Quincey

1826 - John Taylor, London - Fourth Edition
“Here was the secret of happiness, about which philosophers had disputed for so many ages, at once discovered; happiness might now be bought for a penny, and carried in the waistcoat-pocket; portable ecstasies might be had corked up in a pint-bottle; and peace of mind could be sent down by the mail.”

An early clean and full margined edition of one of the most controversial memoirs ever written, De Quincey illuminates the world of opioid usage in medical, recreational, and criminal capacities. Written when the author was only thirty six, he examines his own experiences of the drug alongside its wider history, from opium dens buried in the heart of London to references of ‘poppy tears’ found within Homer, Virgil, Chaucer, and Shakespeare. 
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Out of Africa - Isak Dinesen

1938 - Random House, New York - First American Edition
I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills….

A stunning copy of what Truman Capote called ‘one of the most beautiful books of the 20th century’.

Karen Blixen’s poignant account of her life on a coffee plantation in Kenya, and the basis for the memorable film, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.
 
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Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me - Richard Fariña

1966 - Random House, New York - First Edition
‘The classic novel of the 1960s an unerring, corrosively comic depiction of a campus in revolt

Fariña evokes the Sixties as precisely, wittily, and poignantly as F. Scott Fitzgerald captured the Jazz Age. The hero, Gnossus Pappadopoulis, weaves his way through the psychedelic landscape, encountering, among other things, mescaline, women, art, gluttony, falsehood, science, prayer, and, occasionally, truth. A portrait of an explosive decade, sparkling with inventive writing and conveying the essence of a generation.’

‘Coming on like the Hallelujah Chorus done by 200 kazoo players with perfect pitch... hilarious, chilling, sexy, profound, maniacal, beautiful, and outrageous all at the same time.’ - Thomas Pynchon.

‘A marvelous storyteller, Fariña is fit to join the company of Kerouac, Kesey, and Pynchon.’ - San Francisco Chronicle
 
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The London Art of Cookery - John Farley

1801 - James Scatcherd, London - Tenth Edition, With the Addition of many new and elegant Receipts in the various Branches of Cookery
A clean example of Farley’s popular work, illustrated with 13 copper-engraved plates including frontispiece portrait of John Farley and his establishment, and bills of fare for each month.

With additional sections on ‘
Culinary Poisons’, ‘Wines, Cordial Waters, and Malt Liquors’, ‘Necessary Articles for Seafaring Persons’, and ‘Proper Nourishment for the Sick’.

Farley was principal cook at the London Tavern, and ‘
contributed much to the popularity of the London Tavern as an eating house, an inn whose generous helpings attracted customers from far and wide‘. This work is in effect a combination of the two most popular cookbooks of the time written by Hannah Glasse and Elizabeth Raffald, with the small remainder taken from others. 
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Young Lonigan: A Boyhood in Chicago Streets - James T. Farrell

1932 - The Vanguard Press, New York - First Edition
‘An American classic in the vein of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, the first book of James T. Farrell’s powerful Studs Lonigan trilogy covers five months of the young Lonigan’s life on the streets of 1916 Chicago , when he is sixteen years old. In this relentlessly naturalistic yet richly complex portrait, Studs is carried along by his swaggering and short-sighted companions, his narrow family, and his educational and religious background toward a fate that he resists yet cannot escape.’ (from a later edition).

‘Combines a gift for blending an Irish sense of malaise and disinheritance with a very American command of grit, determination and even, at times, a grim sort of humor.’ –
Wall Street Journal.

Note, even at the time of publication the publisher’s considered it necessary to print the following disclaimer on the dust jacket ‘
This novel is issued in a special edition, the sale of which is limited to physicians, surgeons, psychologists, psychiatrists, sociologists, social workers, teachers and other persons having a professional interest in the psychology of adolescence’. 
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