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Hudibras. With Dr. Grey’s Annotations - Samuel Butler

1819 - Charles & Henry Baldwyn, London - New Edition, Corrected and Enlarged
Three volumes finely bound in early 20th century full tan calf. In addition to Butler’s ‘satirical polemic upon Roundheads, Puritans, Presbyterians and many of the other factions involved in the English Civil War’, this edition includes ‘The Author’s Life’ and an extensive introductory preface, combined with Zachary Grey’s details annotations throughout.

Illustrated with numerous woodcut vignettes and eight plates.
 
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Philo Gubb. Correspondence-School Detective - Ellis Parker Butler

1918 - Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston and New York - First Edition
A near fine first edition, in the original pictorial cloth, and illustrated with twenty full page black and white plates.

A small town good-natured wallpaper hanger, with a fascination for Sherlock Holmes, Philo Gubb’s office also contains a framed diploma from the Rising Sun Detective Agency’s Correspondence School.

Gubb commits a slight case of murder on the King’s English every time he talks, but manages to solve crimes despite his talent for interpreting clues incorrectly and his flair for sporting mail-order disguises that inevitably fail to mask his purposes.

‘Detecktating is my aim and my profession.’
 
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The Pleasures of Hope, with other Poems - Thomas Campbell

1822 - Longman, London. Edinburgh - New Edition
A finely bound early edition of this Glaswegian poets most well known work, two parts bound in one, illustrated with engravings by C. Heath from paintings by R. Westall.

‘Thomas Campbell's enormously popular poem, which inverts the theme of Samuel Rogers's
The Pleasures of Memory, established the format that the series of poems on the pleasures would adopt for a generation to come’

In addition to his poetry and lecturing, Campbell was actively involved in the foundation of University College London (originally known as London University).
 
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Juggernaut - Alice Campbell

1928 - Published for the Crime Club by Doubleday, New York - First American Edition
A rare dust jacketed first edition of Alice Campbell’s first mystery novel, set on the French Riviera and featuring the nefarious Dr. Sartorius. Highly praised, ‘Juggernaut’ was adapted for film and released in 1939 with Boris Karloff playing Dr. Sartorius. 
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La Chute - Albert Camus

1956 - Gallimard, Paris - First Edition (in French), First printing
Number 233 of of 235 copies on ‘vélin pur fil Lafuma-Navarre’.

A lovely example – largely unopened – of the first edition of Camus’ philosophical novel, described by fellow existentialist Sartre as 'perhaps the most beautiful and the least understood' of Camus’ works. Published in English as ‘The Fall’
 
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Advice from a Lady of Quality to her Children, in the Last Stage of a Lingering Illness, In a Series of Evening-Conferences on the Most Interesting Subjects. Translated from the French [by Samuel Glasse]. - Louis-Antoine Caraccioli

1778 - Glocester: Printed by R. Raikes and Sold by J. F. and C. RivingtonFirst edition in English
A rare first edition of this 18th century ‘Tuesdays With Morrie

A popular courtesy book written in a series of ‘conferences’ in the place of chapters. These include Virtue, Pride, Generosity, Female Conduct, Friendship, Love of Truth, Brotherly Love, Study, Pleasure, Ambition, Vanity, Relative Duty, Patriotism, Social Duties.

Unlike most courtesy books, Caraccioli's has the semblance of a plot and reads somewhat like a novel, which ends with the death of the main character. Advice from a Lady went through numerous editions in England and America.
 
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It Walks By Night - John Dickson Carr

1930 - Harper & Brothers, New York - First Edition, First Impression
First edition of John Dickson Carr’s first novel, and introducing the flamboyant Parisian juge d’instruction, Henry Bencolin.

First edition, first impression, in blue cloth with light blue lettering, copyright page stating ‘
First Edition’ and with correct first impression code of 'A-E'.

This is ‘A Harper Sealed Mystery’ - the gimmick employed by Harper & Brothers between 1929 and 1934, in which a yellow tissue paper certificate was wrapped around the final pages that revealed Whodunnit. If the seal was unbroken the purchaser could return the book for a refund. In this copy the remnants can be seen attached to the rear pastedown, so no refund.
 
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He Who Whispers. A Dr. Fell Mystery Story - John Dickson Carr

1946 - Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York - First Edition
A fine first edition of this ‘locked room’ murder mystery featuring the large pince-nez wearing, pipe smoking Dr Gideon Fell, who applies the full weight of his knowledge and education (B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard, M.A. from Oxford, and law degree from Edinburgh) to the challenge presented...

‘The master of the ‘Locked Room’ murder mystery, prolific American author John Dickson Carr (1906-77), who also wrote under the names ‘Carter Dickson’, ‘Carr Dickson’, and ‘Roger Fairbairn’, was a highly regarded member of the ‘Golden Age’ sect, his complex, plot-driven stories concentrated on the puzzle of the story rather than the fast-paced tough-guy violence purveyed by his contemporary pulp hacks. Carr modelled his major detective - overweight lexicographer Dr Gideon Fell - on G.K. Chesterton. The stories see the eccentric Fell solving ‘impossible’ crimes, where the victim is usually discovered, not only with doors and windows locked from the inside, but with multiple impediments.’ [BMC]
 
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