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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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n.d. [1864-67] - Cassell Petter & Galpin, London - First Doré Illustrated Edition
Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.’

A beautifully large quarto of the first Gustave Doré illustrated edition, and what many consider to be the first true novel in Western literature, powerfully combined with Doré’s magnificent illustrations, consisting of 118 full page plates and numerous in-text engravings. In contemporary binding.

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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Americana - Don DeLillo

1971 - Houghton Mifflin, Boston - First edition, first printing
A bright first edition of DeLillo’s first novel, the story of the wild and flamboyant disintegration of twenty-eight year old television executive, David Bell, and his subsequent attempts to put his life on film, as he embarks on a cross-country journey, full of peculiar adventures.

Rather scarce in such nice condition, as the dust jacket, being white, is prone to toning, especially the spine. This copy includes a bookplate signed by Don DeLillo.

‘Nearly every sentence of Americana rings true, an insistence upon the authenticity behind the stereotypes....DeLillo is a man of frightening perception.’ – Joyce Carol Oates.
 
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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 Adventures of Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

1846 - Published For The Author, London - Third Edition, and first in Octavo format.
‘Please, Sir, I want some more.’

A handsome example of the first single volume edition, illustrated throughout with engravings by Cruikshank, finely bound by Bayntun-Rivière in full red morocco, with gilt portrait of Dickens to the front and his signature in gilt to the rear, hand marbled endpapers and all gilt edges.

‘I saw no reason, when I wrote this book, why the very dregs of life, so long as their speech did not offend the ear, should not serve the purpose of a moral, at least as well as its froth and cream’ – Dickens’ response after he was severely criticised for introducing criminals and prostitutes into the novel.
 
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Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy’s Progress. - Charles Dickens

1838 - Richard Bentley, London - First Edition mixed issue - 9th-16th Nov. 1838
Three volumes in original blind tooled plum cloth. Half-titles, frontispieces and 21 plates illustrated by George Cruikshank. Dickens was severely criticized for introducing criminals and prostitutes in Oliver Twist - ‘I saw no reason, when I wrote this book, why the very dregs of life, so long as their speech did not offend the ear, should not serve the purpose of a moral, at least as well as its froth and cream’. 
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