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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
The 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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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - together with - Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice found there - Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson], John Tenniel (illustrator)

1870 1872 - Macmillan and Co., London - Early Edition, First Edition
“Whilst Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass were intended for children “fresh from God’s hand”, it is equally enthralling and delightfully magical for adults as they follow Alice on her vibrant adventures escorted by her famous companions. Who can possibly not have been carried away into the fantastically crazy world of the Mad Hatter? Or never have heard of Tweedledee and Tweedledum? Who cannot have been struck by Carroll’s love for sophisticated play with words?.” - Stephanie Chan.

A finely bound pair, in which Tenniel’s illustrations, 42 in
Wonderland and 50 in Looking-Glass, perfectly capture Alice’s upside-down world and are considered to be his finest and most enduring achievement. 
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1819 - Printed for T. M'Lean, London
Four finely bound volumes of what many consider to be the first true novel in Western literature, illustrated with 24 hand-colored engraved plates by John Heaviside Clark.

Inspired by his ever expanding library of books on chivalry, our hero Don Quixote, with his anointed squire Sancho Panza, sets off on his adventures, and the windmill-chasing antics of Don Quixote have continued to delight for over four centuries.
 
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The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler

1939 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Edition
What did it matter where you lay once you were dead? In a dirty sump or in a marble tower on the top of a high hill? You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by things like that. Oil and water were the same as wind and air to you. You just slept the big sleep, not caring about the nastiness of how you died or where you fell.’

Chandler's first book and the introduction to the world of the famed private eye, Philip Marlowe, and established Chandler as the master of the 'hard-boiled' detective novel. The basis for the 1946 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, and an endless source of private eye quotes.

It seemed like a nice neighborhood to have bad habits in’.

A lovely bright copy, and absolutely no sign of restoration, rare and honest as you can expect this ‘dust jacket’ to be in a world where its going out of style (apologies). Housed in a custom clamshell cloth case. 
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Letters of Anton Pavlovitch Tchehov to to Olga Leonardovna Knipper - Anton Chekhov, Constance Garnett (translator, editor)

1926 - Chatto & Windus, London - First Edition in English
Dear actress, I shall answer all your questions...’

Finely bound and with a mounted photograph of Tchehov and his wife, the actress Olga Leonardovna Knipper. The first complete authorised version in English of this collection which begins with ‘
A Few Words About Tchehov’ by Olga Knipper-Tchehov, followed by 434 letters and telegraphs to Olga.

‘They met in September 1898 at a reading of his controversial new play,
The Seagull. He was 38, she had just turned 30. He was a celebrated writer, she was a charismatic young actress in a fledgling theatre company. The story spans six short years, in which they play evolving roles - first as playwright and actress, then as lovers, then as husband and wife, and finally as invalid and caretaker, until Chekhov's untimely death at the age of 44.

Most of that time they spent apart by necessity - she in residence at the Moscow Art Theatre, he in exile in Yalta, suffering from consumption. Even when they were together during the summers, his ever-declining health marred the quality of their reunions. And yet they shared more than a full lifetime of love and theatre.

Those brief years are chronicled in a unique correspondence, consisting of roughly 400 letters each. Born of their enforced separation, the correspondence spans five of those six years (1899-1904) and a remarkable period in theatre history - the birth of the Moscow Art Theatre and its production of Chekhov's four major plays, all starring Olga.’ – Carol Rocamora,
The Guardian  
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The Urgent Hangman - Peter Cheyney

1938 - Collins, London - First Edition
Dennis Wheatley’s copy, inscribed by Peter Cheyney ‘To my good friend Dennis’ and dated ‘14. 6. 38’. With Wheatley’s illustrated bookplate.

A near fine copy of the first ‘Slim Callaghan’ novel, in fine and thus rare dust jacket.

Cheyney’s action-filled and action filled plots ran counter to the comfortable murder mysteries of the time, and Slim Callaghan was, like his American hard-boiled cousins, cynical tough and marginally mannered.
 
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