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Guard of Honor - James Gould Cozzens

1948 - Harcourt, New York - First edition in scarce first issue dust jacket.
Guard of Honor won the Pulitzer Prize in 1949. The novel balances a vast cast of intricately enmeshed characters as they react over the course of three tense days in September 1943 to a racial incident on a U.S. Army airbase in Florida. The reader is acutely aware of the war raging abroad and the effect it has had, or will have, on the multitude of servicemen who populate Cozzens's immense canvas.

‘No other American novelist of our time writes with such profound understanding of the wellsprings of human character and of the social pressures that help to form it’. -
The New York Times.

‘Every page of Guard of Honor gives the impression of a writer at the very top of his powers setting out to accomplish nothing less than his masterwork.’ -
The New Yorker. 
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The Pit-Prop Syndicate - Freeman Wills Crofts

1922 - W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., London - First Edition
‘”And will you help me Seymour?” She looked appealingly at her companion.’

A lovely copy of the author’s third novel, set in Bordeaux, London, and Scotland, in which Seymour Merriman accidentally witness a crucial detail in one of the most horrific crimes France has ever seen, and subsequently must employ the help of a local customs officer if he hopes to stay alive... What began as amateur detective work ends up as a job for Inspector Willis of Scotland Yard, a job requiring tenacity, ingenuity and guile.

Selected in 1957 as one of the ‘
100 Best Crime Stories’ by Julian Symons for the London Sunday Times.

‘This early story by Freeman Wills Crofts has lost nothing in the passage of time: indeed, it seems almost better than ever. . . . One of the classics of modern crime fiction.’ – The New York Times. 
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James Tarrant, Adventurer - Freeman Wills Crofts

1941 - Hodder & Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition
‘What terrible tale of tragedy did these movements and these falsehoods indicate? Had Merle interviewed Tarrant, and furious or despairing at his attitude, had she put the poison in the tea?’

A lovely copy of Croft’s twenty-fifth novel, in bright dust jacket, featuring the inimitable Inspector French, and a great example of why Raymond Chandler called Freeman Wills Crofts ‘the soundest builder of them all’. 
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The Scarlet Car - Richard Harding Davis

1907 - Charles Scribner's Sons, New York - First Edition
For a long time it had been arranged they all should go to the Harvard and Yale game in Winthrop’s car...

A near fine first edition of this vintage motoring murder mystery, in the rare dust jacket. With twelve full page illustrations by Frederic Dorr Steele (1873-1944) who was best known for his illustrations of Sherlock Holmes (Steele was the man who introduced Holmes’ Deerstalker and Calabash pipe).

The basis for the 1917 American silent drama film directed by Joe De Grasse and featuring Lon Chaney.

‘”Shall be together.” he quoted, “breathe and ride. So, one day more am I deified; who knows but the world may end to-night?”’”If you don’t stop this car quick,” she said, “the world will end for all of us.”’
 
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1960 - Collins and Harvill Press, London - First Edition in English
‘Reading and rereading it has made me realise how many ways there are of being alive…’ – E. M. Forster.

Lampedusa’s masterful tale of the decline and fall of the house of Salina, a family of Sicilian aristocrats; the novel chronicles the life of world-weary Don Fabrizio, scion of an old feudal family and lover of astronomy, and recounts the fortunes of his nephew, Tancredi, as they struggle between mortality and decay during the Risorgimento.

In bright iconic dust jacket designed by Hans Tisdall, featuring his ‘strong calligraphic lettering and sharply drawn colour separations’.
 
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The bibliographical Decameron - Rev. T. F. Dibdin

1817 - Printed for the author by W. Bulmer and Co. Shakespeare Press, London - First Edition
A stunning contemporary bound example of Dibdin’s enthusiastic and richly illustrated three volume exploration of bibliographical history from illuminated manuscripts to book collectors and contemporary book auctions. In-text engravings, thirty five full page plates and two double page plates.

‘Perhaps the most lavish of all Dibdin's works. Its publication was a financial success and doubtless marks the high-water mark of the Dibdinian bibliomania’. (Jackson 40).
 
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A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in the Northern Counties of England and in Scotland - Reverend Thomas Frognall Dibdin

1838 - Printed for the author by C. Richards, London
Dibdin’s two volume bibliographic tour of the libraries of Northern England and Scotland, in contemporary bindings, richly illustrated with in-text engravings, forty full page plates as listed and two more not called for (’Facade of Entrance into the Glasgow Cemetery’ (701) and ‘Seal of Cardinal Beaton and of the University of St. Andrew’ (888))

Full of anecdotes, footnotes that tempt one astray from the text, and Dibdin’s thoughts on a variety of encounters, for example on drinking too much ‘Whiskey’ –

‘We were now then at Dumfries. During and after dinner, I made attacks upon the whiskey in every possible direction: with and without aqueous dilution – with and without saccharine infusion: but to no purpose. “Disguise thyself as thou wilt, still, WHISKEY, still thou art a bitter draught”*. With or without sugar, or water – hot or cold – still thou art brimstone and fire to-day, and fire and brimstone to-morrow. As it was my
first, so it was my last, experiment upon this generally seductive liquor with the Scotch. In the everlasting toddy-potations at Glasgow, I could never be brought to hear my part in brandishing a ladle or emptying a rummer. Even its infusion into the punch-bowl there, though that bowl came fresh and foaming from the “cunning” hand of the good Joseph Hunter, Esq. – even then, the slightest infusion of this pellucid dram seemed, to my palate, to opison the wholeof its contents. “Ah, sir, but you should just live in the mountains a twelvemonth – and then!” – “Execrate it the more”, replied I. My disputant thought me a “hopeless character:” and I bade a longum vale to whiskey.

*Substitute “slavery” for “whiskey”, and the quotation is from Sterne. They place very small bottles or decanters of this liquor by the side of a glass, before you; and I believe sixpence will supply you with a portion . . . sufficient to make your head ache for a week. It is poetically called “MOUNTAIN DEW” !’ [Volume II page 446].
 
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The Christmas Stories: A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Cricket on the Hearth; The Battle of Life; The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. - Charles Dickens

1844 to 1848 - Chapman & Hall [or] Bradbury & Evans, London - Mixed first and early editions
A beautifully bound five volume set of Dickens’ Christmas Stories, fine copies housed in a custom made slipcase. With illustrated title pages, full plate and in-text illustrations throughout.

‘After the success attained with A Christmas Carol in 1843 Dickens continued the series throughout the 1840s, maintaining what he called "the Carol philosophy" to "strike a sledgehammer blow" for the poor, uneducated, and repressed. In typical Dickens fashion he drove his message home with a mixture of humor and good cheer’. - David Purdue.
 
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