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Flaubert’s Parrot - Julian Barnes

1984 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition
'Julian Barnes's wry and graceful book, part novel, part stealthy literary criticism, traces the marks Flaubert made on a forgetting world. The writing is unfailingly sharp and often very funny, and among the best prose I have read in years'. - Sunday Times.

A playful but serious literary investigation follows retired doctor Geoffrey Brathwaite – an amateur Flaubert scholar whose sporadically unfaithful wife has recently committed suicide – as he attempts to ferret out the facts behind several snatches of Flaubert trivia, such as the dimensions of the cab in which Emma Bovary was seduced, and the true identity of the stuffed parrot Flaubert borrowed from the Rouen museum and placed on his desk while he was writing ‘A Simple Heart’.

‘A great success, humane and generous, full of insight and wit, rich and even prodigal in its verbal inventiveness: a book Flaubert would have scorned to write, a book well worth writing’ -
New York Times.

Cover illustration,
Félicité sleeping with parrot, by David Hockney. 
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Footfalls - with - Three Occasional Pieces - Samuel Beckett

1976 - Faber and Faber, London - First Editions
Two small fine booklets of short plays by Beckett. Footfalls was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in 1976. Three Occasional Pieces includes A Piece of Monologue, Rockaby and Ohio Impromptu. 
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Peintres de L’Empêchement - Samuel Beckett

1990 - Les Éditions De Minuit, Paris - First Edition, Number 29 of 99 number copies printed on Vélin Chiffon de Lana paper
‘Est peint ce qui empéche de peindre’

A fine, unopened copy of Beckett’s essay on art and modern painting, which discusses the relation between subject and object using the works of Dutch artists (and brothers) Bram and Geer van Velde as examples.

The essay was originally printed in
Derriére le Miroir in June 1948 and has not been translated into English. 
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The Adventures of Augie March - Saul Bellow

1953 - The Viking Press, New York - First edition, first issue.
‘I am an American, Chicago born – Chicago, that sombre city – and go at things as I have taught myself, free-style, and will make the record in my own way: first to knock, first admitted.’

Saul Bellow’s masterful novel – heralded as a classic of modern American literature – tells the story of the eponymous Augie March, a poor Chicago boy growing up during the Great Depression, whose numberless occupations and diverting encounters offer startling extremes of vivid realism and bravura philosophising.

The Adventures of Augie March is the Great American Novel. Search no further.’ – Martin Amis. 
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Charlie Chan Carries On - Earl Derr Biggers

Circa 1931 - Grosset & Dunlap, New York - Photoplay edition
The fifth novel in the series, this photoplay edition was issued for the movie starring Warner Oland in 1931, however only a trailer is known to have survived. Marvelous dust jacket, and illustrated with photographic plates from the film.

So popular was Charlie Chan that a total of 44 ‘Charlie Chan’ movies were made from 1931 to 1949 (actually, there were three others from 1925 to 1929, each with a different actor who played Chan). Over the length of this series, six different actors, none of whom were really Chinese, starred as Charlie Chan.
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The Ninth Configuration - William Peter Blatty

1978 - Harper & Row, New York - First Edition Thus
Signed and inscribed by the author of The Exorcist.

‘In a decaying Gothic mansion hidden in a forest near the coast of the Pacific Northwest are twenty-seven men confined for the treatment of inexplicable mental disturbances.....

This novel is a reworking of the author's previously published novel
Twinkle, Twinkle Killer Kane whose basic concept Blatty states ‘was surely the best I have ever created,’ however the work ‘was no more than notes for a novel’. ‘But the idea mattered to me so once again I have written a novel based on it. This time I know it is the best that I can do’. 
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Let It Come Down - Paul Bowles

1952 - Random House, New York - First American Edition, First Printing
In Let It Come Down, Paul Bowles plots the doomed trajectory of Nelson Dyar, a New York bank teller who comes to Tangier ‘outpost of unrestrained freedom, morass of ruthless greed and opportunism’, in search of a different life and ends up giving in to his darkest impulses. Rich in descriptions of the corruption and decadence of the International Zone in the last days before Moroccan independence, Bowles's second novel is an alternately comic and horrific account of a descent into nihilism. [Preface]

In a bright example of the dust jacket designed by E. McKnight Kauffer, and with rather pretty letterpress Random House card from Paul Bowles editor, printed ‘
Compliments of David McDowell’, laid in. 
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A Good Man in Africa - William Boyd

1981 - Hamish Hamilton, London - First Edition
‘This is a wildly funny novel, rich in witty prose and raucous incidents . . . without qualification, a delight’ – The Washington Post

A bright and near fine first edition of Boyd’s debut novel, the satirical story of British Diplomat Morgan Leafy, an unfortunate prisoner of the flesh, whose indulgence in women, fondness for drink, as well as his loathing for the small African republic of Kinjanja where he is stationed, prove to be imposing obstacles on his road to success. But his life becomes problematic when his plans to rig the country’s elections go awry, and he finds himself being blackmailed by a local politician...

Winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Somerset Maugham Award for 1981.
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